Keeping Families Safe
Statistics* show that preventable injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages 19 and younger. In 2017, RMHCCIN launched Keeping Families Safe (KFS) — a new initiative to spread awareness of safety best practices & guidelines.
Keeping Families Safe is a new initiative created in partnership with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health to increase education and awareness about preventable injuries. Areas of focus and services include:
- Car Seat Safety Clinic: Every hour, nearly 150 children between ages 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. Using the correct car seat or booster seat — and making sure it is installed correctly — can be a life saver. Best practice recommends that children rear-face until they have reached the height and weight limits as designated by your car seat. Meet with a certified car seat specialist over muffin tops and coffee to discuss car seat installation, best practices and have a quick inspection!
- Safe Sleep Chat: Approximately 3,500 sleep related death occur among U.S. infants each year. Connect with other parents of infants while receiving hands-on training to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and sleep-related injury at one of our safe sleep chats.
- Water Safety Workshop: Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 4 years old. Learn about swimming best practices and tip for active water supervision at one of our upcoming water safety workshops.