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Safe Kids has worked to promote public policies for child safety and our efforts show that changing attitudes and policies can save countless lives.
Over the river, through the woods, down the highway and off on a plane we go. Holiday travel season is here and it’s an extra special one for me because it’s my baby’s first Thanksgiving. Not only are we travelling to Grandma’s house, but we’re off to aunts’, uncles’ and cousins’ houses as well – at least I don’t have to do the cooking this year.
When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed SB1152, a bill requiring kids to be in a rear-facing child safety seat up to age 2, Pennsylvania became the fourth state to pass the standard set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A rear-facing car seat is advisable for infants and toddlers because their “head heavy” body requires extra support for their head, neck and spine. Kids under the age of two are 75% less likely to sustain serious injury or die when they are in a rear-facing car seat"1".
Learn how Safe Kids helps protect kids in risk areas at home, on the road and at play.
Safe Kids Worldwide: Building a Comprehensive Child Passenger Safety Program in the U.S.
The USA excels as a world leader in so many ways—just look at how our athletes are doing in Rio De Janeiro. We know that we are not gold, silver or bronze at everything, but that makes us even more determined to do better.
One of the areas where we can perform better is protecting kids on the move, in cars and on the road. If you think we’re at the gold medal level, here’s a pop quiz: which country has performed better in improving its road crash death rate: Slovenia or the U.S.? How about Spain or our country?
Childsafe: Creating Data-Driven Programs in South Africa
Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, has unique expertise in the area of promoting road safety for children. The Safe Kids Buckle Up Program™, Safe Kids’ signature child passenger safety program that started in the United States and is being replicated globally, uses research, education, awareness and public policy to protect children in and around cars.
Properly used child safety seats decrease the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. As Safe Kids Worldwide looks inside American family vehicles in the largest study of its kind, the data shows good and bad news.