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Safe Kids Miami Dade County

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Programs

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is the Proud Lead Organization for the Miami-Dade County SAFE KIDS Coalition. The Miami-Dade County SAFE KIDS Coalition is comprised of public, private and voluntary organizations united and committed to identify and significantly reduce unintentional deaths and injuries to the children of South Florida. We respond to the needs of our community by providing professional education, practical training programs, and legislative initiatives essential to promote the safety and wellbeing of our children.

For more information about SAFE KIDS or for additional age specific safety tips visit: http://www.safekids.org/. The Miami Dade County SafeKids Coordinator at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, can be reached at 305-663-6800.


Florida Special Needs Occupant Protection Program

A project of the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
Funded by:
A grant from the Florida Department of Transportation

In Cooperation with:
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Children’s Medical Services
Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program

Our Mission:
to promote injury prevention and advocate for the safety and protection of all children with special needs and their families while riding in motor vehicles.

Dade County Special Needs Technicians:
Malvina Duncan, RN


Safety Tips to Prevent Childhood Injuries

Unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death among children. Most of these injuries are preventable. At Nicklaus Children's Hospital we are committed to keeping children safe.
 

Holiday Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

It’s that time of year again when we enjoy festive meals with family and friends, deck our halls with colorful decorations and listen to squeals of delight as our children open their brightly-wrapped presents. To help ensure your kids have fun and stay safe this holiday, here are a few tips to remember.

Video/Social Media Game Safety

The latest trend amongst children and teens is video and social media games that encourage catching and collecting virtual characters. While these games encourage activity and family togetherness, they also cause safety and security concerns for families.

Firework Safety Tips for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend

Nickaus Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Worldwide wish your family a Safe and Happy Fourth of July. All fireworks, including sparklers, can cause severe burns and scars.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety is important and involves everyone from trick-or-treaters to grown-ups. 
It can be one of the most fun and festive nights of the year - but only if you celebrate safely! Children, parents, neighbors, and motorists should be aware of the dangers associated with this exciting celebration.

Preventing Injuries to Children at School

Monitor and maintain school safety equipment and procedures.

Preventing Injuries to Children who Live in Rural Areas

Allow children to perform age-appropriate farm work only under supervision.

Preventing Childhood Recreational Injuries

Make sure children are prepared for the demands of their activities.

Preventing Childhood Poisoning

Store potentially poisonous household products and medications locked out of children's sight and reach.

Preventing Injuries to Children on Playgrounds

Ensure there is safe surfacing beneath and surrounding all playground equipment in order to minimize the risks of falling.

Preventing Injuries to Child Pedestrians

Parents are the most important models of proper pedestrian behavior for children.

Preventing Injuries to Children in Motor Vehicle Crashes

All children ages 12 and under should be properly restrained in a back seat on every ride.
Choose and use correctly the right restraint for your child.

Preventing Injuries to Children in the Home

Childproof your home. Look at every room as your child would. Ask yourself what looks interesting and what can be reached.

Preventing Childhood Falls

All windows above the first floor should be equipped with window guards _ preferably guards with emergency release devices in case of fire. Children can fall from windows open as little as four inches.

Preventing Childhood Burns

Because young children may not perceive danger as readily or may lack the ability to escape a life-threatening burn situation, make sure they are not exposed to open flames or other burn risks.

Preventing Childhood Airway Obstruction Injuries

Because most infant suffocation occurs in the sleeping environment, infants should sleep only in properly equipped cribs. They should never sleep on couches, chairs, regular beds or other soft surfaces.


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