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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Car Seat Safety Guide

Has information on topics ranging from car safety seats to school buses to teen driving and others related to travel safety.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Children & Disasters

Provides information and resources about disaster and terrorism preparedness to meet children’s needs. Example resources include readiness kits and checklists, information on how to help children cope in a disaster, and more.
345 Park Boulevard, Itasca, Illinois 60143
aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters

American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region

Offers disaster presentations, First Aid, CPR, AED, Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals, babysitting and child care, swimming and water safety and lifeguarding classes/training to the public. Visit their website for a schedule of classes, pricing and registration information.

Ohio Buckeye Regions:

  • Central Ohio
    995 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-2740
  • North Central Ohio
    125 Fair Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840
    (419) 422-9322
  • East & South Central Ohio
    143 South Thirtieth Street, Newark, Ohio 43058
    (740) 349-9442
  • Southeast Ohio
    7650 East Pike, Norwich, Ohio 43767
    (740) 452-2731

redcross.org/local/ohio/buckeye

Bark

An app that monitors texts, email, chat, YouTube and 24+ social media platforms for signs of cyberbullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, sexual predators, drug use and more.
bark.us

Bed Bugs Resource & Information

Columbus Public Health and the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force have information online about bed bugs, including how to spot them and how to get help. They also have information for people living in apartments.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Hands On Central Ohio: 2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Healthy-Homes/Bed-Bugs-Information

Bikes for All People (B4AP)

Provides access to bicycles and cycling-related resources to those who rely on bikes as their sole means of transportation. They offer new and pre-owned bikes, parts, tools and cycling gear, free maintenance classes, an open repair shop and group rides. They also accept donations.
934 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 670-8685
bikes4allpeople.com

Car Seat Inspection Sites

Visit the website to find locations for free car seat and booster seat checks; or get help with installing them.
ohio.aaa.com/traffic-safety/outreach/child-safety-seats.html

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response

Provides information and resources on emergency preparedness to help protect you and your loved ones, as well as resources for emergency health professionals and information recent national incidences.
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30329
(800) 232-4636 or (888) 232-6348 TTY
emergency.cdc.gov

Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force (COBBTF)

Educates Central Ohio residents about bed bugs, bed bug prevention, and the best methods of getting rid of the bugs. Go to the website for more information.
PO Box 44111, Columbus, Ohio 43204
centralohiobedbugs.org

Central Ohio Poison Center

Provides poison prevention, assessment and treatment. They are available 24 hours a day and offer free, confidential advice and information.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Poison Emergency Hotline: (800) 222-1222
nationwidechildrens.org/poison-center

Columbus Division of Fire Smoke Detector Hotline

Call the hotline for a free smoke detector, battery and installation.
3639 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 724-0935
Outside the City of Columbus: (844) 207-4509
columbus.gov/fire

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Foodborne Illness Reporting

CPH investigates cases of foodborne illness to discover and correct problems in the food production and distribution system and prevent future illness. Consumers and business owners can help by reporting illnesses they suspect might be foodborne. The website also as information on identifying food poisoning and foodborne illness.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Reporting Illnesses for Consumers: 614-645-1791
  • Food-related Complaints: (614) 645-3111

columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Food-Protection/Foodborne-Illness-Reporting

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Homes Program

Provides assistance and advice on creating a safe home environment. This program is for eligible residents in Columbus and Worthington. Services include:

  • Phone consultations
  • Information on asthma triggers and other household dangers
  • Mandatory lead inspections for homes with lead poisoned children
  • Free HEPA vacuum loan for lead hazard clean-up
  • Presentations to Columbus community organizations, neighborhood associations, day care centers, and school staff
  • Displays of healthy home educational information at fairs and special events
  • Referrals to services for landlords, tenants, and homeowners

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Healthy Homes Contact: (614) 645-8191
(614) 724-6000
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/healthy-homes

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Injury Prevention Program

Provides services related to childhood injury prevention:

  • Low-cost car seats and booster seats to families in need (Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program)
  • Free car seat checks at fitting stations and events throughout Central Ohio
  • Partner with coalition members on safety programs and outreach (Safe Kids Central Ohio)

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7748
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Childhood-Injury-Prevention

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Office of Emergency Preparedness

Offers free webinars, informational printouts, and other resources that help the community successfully prevent, prepare for, respond to health emergencies.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7089
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Emergency-Preparedness

Common Sense

  • Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that offers age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.
  • Common Sense Education provides free resources, including ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.
  • Common Sense Kids Action is their advocacy platform.

650 Townsend, San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 863-0600
commonsense.org

Consumer Dangers

Provides a comprehensive free online resource for the public to learn more about every day products that can potentially cause harm. This website is continually updated with breaking news from government agencies, watchdog groups, and concerned citizens about recalls, medical dangers, products and safety affecting consumers.
consumerdangers.com

Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP)

Provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners. Visit the website to find more contact information.
FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline: (800) 621-3362 (also for 711 & VRS) or (800) 745-0243 TTY
disasterassistance.gov

Dog Bite Reporting & Rabies Vaccines

If you are bitten by a dog, report it to the appropriate health department listed below.

Go online to find information about rabies vaccination clinics as well. Call your doctor for information about treatment. Report stray animals to the Franklin County Department of Animal Control at (614) 525-3400.

Everytown for Gun Safety

Works to end gun violence and build safer communities through education and advocacy. The website provides information on ways to prevent gun violence, the “issues” surrounding gun violence and other resources.
(646) 324-8250
everytown.org

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Provides information for parents and students to avoid scams, identity theft, online security and more.
600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20580
consumer.ftc.gov

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

FEMA is responsible for organizing government-wide relief efforts after a disaster. They provide information, resources and toolkits for family and youth on emergency preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts.
500 C Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20472
For Disaster Survivors: 800-621-3362 (7-1-1 or Video Relay Service Available) or (800) 462-7585 TTY
General: (202) 646-2500
fema.gov
Mobile App: fema.gov/mobile-app
Regional Office: fema.gov/region-v-il-in-mi-mn-oh-wi

First English Lutheran Church

Offers weekly community meals, a monthly legal clinic, and access to their bike shop once a month to the community for repairs and bike rebuilds. They also host summer block parties.
1015 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3191
columbuslutherans.org/community

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS)

Offers a Citizen Preparedness Program which helps children, seniors and people with functional needs on what to do before, during and after an emergency. You can also receive free emergency notifications to help keep you and your family safe through their emergency alert system.
5300 Strawberry Farms Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43230
(614) 794-0213
fcemhs.org
ALERT Franklin County: alertfranklincounty.org

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH)

Offers many services and resources, including:

  • Free tobacco cessation counseling for residents over the age of 18
  • Birth/death certificates
  • Plumbing inspections
  • Low cost healthcare and immunization clinics
  • Community training on naloxone and opioid overdoses
  • Lead inspection
  • Free home radon test kits

280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160 or (800) 750-0750 TTY/TDD
Weekend, Holiday and After Hours Emergency Hotline: (614) 525-3965
myfcph.org

Franklinton Cycle Works (FCW)

Helps families keep their bikes in good working order through its free Open Shop program in which people repair their own bicycles with help from a volunteer mechanic. Youth helmets are free and refurbished bikes and new and used parts can be purchased at an affordable rate.
897 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 228-1852
franklintoncycleworks.org

Grow Up Safe

This website helps parents and professionals find information and resources related to child injury and prevention in Ohio. They provide links to organizations, resources and tips on ways to learn about safety topics and current information about injury prevention. Their social media page has lessons that organizations can follow when using social media and interacting online with the internet audience.
growupsafe.org

Kids Health

This website offers a broad range of information on many topics for parents:

kidshealth.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women facing domestic violence and their children, disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training, transitional job training and more. They reach 29 counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 228-5200
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations

Make Safe Happen

By downloading the free app, parents and caregivers can get room-by-room safety tips, watch videos, set reminders and more to keep kids out of harm’s way.
makesafehappen.com

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio. They also provide a Franklin County Home Repair program low- and moderate-income homeowners.
111 Liberty Street Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Bike: morpc.org/transportation/bicycle-pedestrian
Home Repair: morpc.org/program-service/home-repair-services

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Their website provides a lot of information about car safety ratings, how to register car seats and find out about recalls, airbags, reporting vehicle theft, seat belt and car seat laws, finding a car seat inspection site and more.
1200 New Jersey Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20590
(888) 327-4236 Toll-free
nhtsa.gov

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Distracted Driving

Provides information for parents, educators, teens, employers and community groups to access information about the dangers of distracted driving. Find resources on several distracting actions that have proven to be unsafe and not important enough to do while driving.
1200 New Jersey Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20590
(888) 327-4236 or (800) 424-9153
distraction.gov

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Center for Injury Research & Policy

Their website provides information on a variety of safety topics, including bicycle safety, burns, poison, transportation, home safety, gun safety, sports and recreation, and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-5856
nationwidechildrens.org/injury-research-and-policy-injury-topics

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Health e-Hints Newsletter

A free e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you will only get articles that are relevant to your family.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Health Library

Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Kohl’s Cares Safety for All Seasons Program

Find an easy Car Seat Chooser app, Play it Safe! video game, plus coloring and activity pages to download and print regarding car seat and other safety topics (sport helmets, poison, fire, drowning, falls, etc.) on the program’s website.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/safety

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Opioid Safety

Provides education and resources to help patients, parents, and physicians safely prescribe, use and dispose of opioids. If you have an emergency concern about your child’s prescription pain medication, please call (800) 222-1222. For more information and other questions regarding the safe use and disposal of opiates, please contact the Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction (MATA) Program at (614) 355-8614.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/opioid-safety

NetSmartz Workshop

This program of provides age-appropriate resources such as, videos, games, activity cards, and presentations to help teach children and teens about how to be safer and avoid the dangers that exist on the internet (online and offline).
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
699 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(800) 843-5678
netsmartz.org

Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA)

Promotes statewide severe weather safety and preparedness. They also inform residents of weather hazards that typically affect Ohio. They have disaster preparedness kits, weather alert apps and safety resources.
weathersafety.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides lead poisoning prevention programs throughout Ohio. Ohio residents have access to resources to test for lead and help families with the cost of lead repair work.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 532-3723
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Childhood-Lead-Poisoning

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Office of Health Preparedness

Provides information to families to prepare for the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages, intentional acts and other emergencies that disrupt daily life.
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/public-health-emergency-preparedness

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) Program

Provides free car seats to low-income families throughout Ohio. Families must attend an educational class. The program is designed for families with babies and small children who have outgrown their infant seat.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Help Me Grow: (800) 755-4769
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/child-injury/child-passenger-safety

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Offers several free services to the Latino community including: homework help, educational after school programs and summer camps; 24/7 translation and interpretation services for multiple languages, ESL and citizenship classes for adults; tobacco free program, free car seat checks, and support group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Main Office
    100 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • Cultural and Educational Centers
    3431 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    3360 Kohr Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    3556 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204

(614) 840-9934
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

PBS Kids When Something Scary Happens

This website offers resources to help families cope in emergencies and other challenging times. They provide videos that include familiar PBS characters, age-appropriate activities, and resources for parents about preparation, coping and resiliency.
pbskids.org/learn/when-something-scary-happens

Prevent Child Injury

This national organization was started to raise awareness about the problem of child injury, offer solutions and reduce child injury and death. They offer safety toolkits and dozens of downloadable safety plans to share with families and child advocates.
National Center for Injury Prevention & Control
1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, Georgia 30329
preventchildinjury.org

radKIDS

Educates children ages 8-12 about safety and how to defend themselves against bullying, child abuse and neglect, as well as sexual assault. radKIDS uses an age-appropriate, fun activity-based curriculum to help kids learn. Several programs exist in and around Columbus. Visit the website to find a program near you.
9 New Venture Drive, South Dennis, Massachusetts 02660
(844) 723-5437 Toll-free
radkids.org

Ready

Educates and empowers people to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. They provide information and resources in different languages, covering various topics on preparedness. Also, they offer a special website for kids, local and national opportunities for youth.
ready.gov
Ready Kids: ready.gov/kids
Youth Community Engagement: ready.gov/youth-preparedness

Ready Ohio

Educates and empowers Ohioans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters that are likely to occur in Ohio. They offer information and resources on their website.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 799-3695
ready.ohio.gov

RxDrugDropBox.org (Drug Disposal)

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has created safe and secure drop box locations to appropriately dispose of any unused or expired pain reliever medications. Visit the website to find a safe disposal location.
rxdrugdropbox.org

Safer Schools Ohio

Sign up for SafterOH Tip Line to report potential suicide, school shootings, bullying or other problems anonymously. This program is based on four components: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. They also provide guidance to Ohio school administrators in planning, educating staff, and enforcing their school’s safety and security operations.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 644-2641
SaferOH Tip Line: call or text (844) 723-3764
saferschools.ohio.gov

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

Stay Safe Online

Contains resources on internet safety and security for people of all ages. Offers advice and support on cyber-bullying, computer security issues and fraud prevention.
staysafeonline.org

Tox Town

Provides helpful information about toxic chemicals and environmental health risks that kids may encounter in everyday life.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20894
(888) 346-3656 Toll-free
toxtown.nlm.nih.gov

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Provides answers to questions about the safety of products that children use such as cribs and strollers. The USCPSC is committed to protecting the public from products that can injure children. The website lists product recalls and allows consumers to report safety issues.
4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(800) 638-2772 or (800) 638-8270 TTy
cpsc.gov

University of Michigan Injury Center

Click here to view their “Parents’ Guide to Home Firearm Safety” handout on gun safety at home.
injurycenter.umich.edu

Yay Bikes!

Provides bicycle education for individuals and groups, programmed community events and leads fun, accessible rides to places in Columbus, year-round.
82 East Sixteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 470-4220
yaybikes.com