UMCH is the lead agency for the Baltimore Safe Kids Coalition, whose purpose is to prevent unintentional childhood injuries in Baltimore City. In partnering with Baltimore-area fire and police departments, the Maryland Poison Center and area health departments, we strive to make safety a top priority for our patients.
Most common childhood injuries are preventable. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 14. That is why the Baltimore Safe Kids Coalition promotes safety awareness that focuses on avoiding dangerous situations and implementing injury-prevention strategies.
Children are at risk near any body of water, near many common household chemicals and when riding in automobiles. They are also at risk of choking on tiny objects, falling from ladders, chairs or other high surfaces and being injured in house fires. Even riding on bikes and scooters, rollerblading or playing on the playground requires safety measures.
Through its work, the coalition hopes to reduce the number of children visiting emergency rooms every year. Some of the coalition's safety efforts include an annual poster contest, safety fairs and regular child safety seat checks. Studies show that properly installing car safety seats and using seat belts correctly significantly reduce car-related fatalities and serious injuries.
The coalition is currently working on a grant-funded project to reduce Baltimore's childhood fire-related injuries and deaths.
For more information, contact the Baltimore Safe Kids Coalition at 410-328-7532.