For the past 25 years, Safe Kids Springfield has worked to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, which are the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. With everything from car seat checks to bike helmet fittings, Safe Kids is a free resource for local families.
“Every year, 9,000 families in the U.S. lose a child because of crashes, fires, drowning, falls, suffocation and more,” said Daphne Greenlee, coordinator of Safe Kids Springfield and trauma outreach coordinator for the Mercy Injury Prevention Center. “Millions more children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.”
To provide parents with the resources they need, Safe Kids Springfield hosted the first-ever Safe Kids Day on Saturday, April 12 at Hammons Field in Springfield. Hundreds of kids and parents turned out for the hands-on games and activities to face painting and giveaways. Naturally, there were safety demonstrations with simple ideas for protecting children while keeping them active.
“As we celebrate 25 years as a Safe Kids coalition, we have one critical goal: work together as a community to raise awareness about preventable injuries,” added Greenlee. “And as part of the celebration, we’re asking families to take the ‘Safer in 7’ challenge – seven simple tips to keep kids safe.”
Safe Kids Springfield is part of a larger celebration throughout the month of April that includes more than 100 communities across the United States. Safe Kids Worldwide’s celebrity heroes include Drew Barrymore, Mark Wahlberg, Piers Morgan, Pete Sampras and many more. Safe Kids Day in Springfield is presented by Children’s Tylenol with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx and Chevrolet. For more information, visit www.safekidsspringfield.org.