The University of Maryland Hospital for Children, a pediatric hospital within the University of Maryland Medical Center, strives to ensure that the state's youngest citizens are healthy and safe too. This is accomplished by various activities in the community.
Safe Kids Baltimore, led by the University of Maryland Hospital for Children, is the perfect example of how we are in the community day in and day out, making an impact. Safe Kids' number-one mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injuries.
Every month, Safe Kids holds a car seat safety check to ensure that car seats, ranging from infant's seats to boosters, are properly installed and children are riding safely. Surprisingly, the misuse rate is typically over 90 percent. Through education and demonstrations, parents learn the correct way to secure their children's car seats in their own vehicles.
Throughout the school year, Safe Kids Baltimore and the Baltimore City Fire Department put on an interactive, highenergy fire safety program called Inspector Detector. It goes well beyond "Stop, Drop and Roll" teaching first, second and third graders about fire safety, including the importance of escape routes and a family meeting place, as well as "get out and stay out." A post-test assessment of the program identifies children who are in homes without working smoke alarms. Fire officials are then able to install alarms in those homes. Every year, several thousand students are exposed to this fire safety message.
There are also several day-long events in City schools sponsored by Safe Kids, designed to stress the importance of pedestrian safety and bike/wheel sports safety. Messages such as walking in the crosswalk and wearing a bike helmet are reinforced. The hope is that through various outreach activities, Safe Kids is actually saving young lives.