We're Fighting the Number One Killer of Kids.
"If a disease were killing our children in the proportion that accidents are, people would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped.." -- C. Everett Koop, M.D., Honorary Chairman, Safe Kids Worldwide
Injury is the leading killer of our children.
Injuries kill more children each year than diseases, kidnapping and drugs combined. Approximately 6,000 children are killed and 50,000 disabled annually as a result of traffic accidents, burns, drowning, falls, choking, poisoning and other injuries.
Injury is Preventable.
We call them "accidents," but many childhood injuries can be predicted and prevented. The cure does not cost a lot or take much time. Ideas require the attention and effort of parents and other caregivers. We can't prevent every bump, cut or scrape, but by learning and following some basic safety steps, we can greatly reduce the risks to our children. While public education and awareness is our strongest weapon against this killer, distributing safety information alone will not change attitudes or behavior and will not create safer environments. Parents, teachers, child care workers, and other caregivers need to know how they can provide a safer environment and better supervise the activities of children. Those who make public policy need to understand injury as a public health problem and explore ways they can help provide a safer overall environment in our community, state and nation. For example, state legislation requiring children to be buckled up while traveling by car is credited with saving many young lives and preventing more serious injuries.
Safe Kids Omaha : Working to Prevent Injury and Save Young Lives.
Safe Kids Omaha is a group of organizations within our community who joined together to fight the number one killer of children. Affiliated with the Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Omaha is dedicated to helping raise public awareness among the general public and policy makers. Local coalition-building is a priority, because the most effective education and problem-solving will be community-based. By pooling resources with other like-minded groups and individuals, and avoiding duplication of efforts, we can accomplish much more together than we ever could independently.
Please Join Us.
The success of our chapter will depend on the support of volunteers who are committed to this cause. Here's how you can help:
- Join a standing committee (water safety, burn prevention, fundraising)
- Sign on as a volunteer as needed for special events
- Make a financial donation, large or small
- Participate in our speakers' bureau as a speaker; schedule a presentation
- Coordinate a safety fair, such as a bike rodeo, at your child's school, church, or neighborhood
- Distribute our literature to your employees, co-workers, PTA, etc.
- Make sure everyone riding in your car buckles up
- Contact your legislator, urging stronger child safety legislation