According to the CDC, the lead cause of death for individuals from age 1 to 44 is unintentional injuries.
Safe Kids VT Coalition is a network of advocates providing education and resources to prevent injuries among infants, children, adolescents, and young adults in Vermont. Lead by the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids Vermont is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network with a local mission of keeping kids safe from preventable injuries.
Safe Kids Vermont loves to attend community health and safety fairs throughout the state of Vermont and co-sponsors the New American Safety Festival in Winooski, VT. Due to the diverse membership of Safe Kids Vermont, the coalition is able to serve as a resource to the community on a variety of pediatric injury prevention topics.
Examples of topic areas include:
- Affordable Bike and Skateboard Helmets
- Bicycle Skill Development
- Burn Prevention
- Child Passenger Safety
- Home Safety
- Pedestrian Safety
- PHAT (Protect Your Head at All Times!)
- Safe Sleep
- Safe Storage
- Walk to School Day
- Water Safety and Education
It is important to Protect Your Head at All Times and to Protect Your Head on All Terrains. From skiing to skateboarding to riding on a four-wheeler, it is important to wear a helmet that is designed for the activity.
Head injuries, whether a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial impacts on families. Safe Kids Vermont and PHAT not only wants to see every child in a properly fitted helmet, but we want the adults in the community to lead by example.
For more information, contact Safe Kids Vermont at VTSafeKids@UVMHealth.org or by calling 1 (802) 847-2291.
Resources: Pedestrian Safety and Vulnerable Road User Toolkit
*This information was updated from the University of Vermont Injury Prevention website.