Safe Kids Pierce County has established five goals for the year. They include:
- reducing the number of children under 14 that are injured or die from car and bicycle crashes, fires and burns, falls, drowning, firearm and poisonings;
- participate in National Safe Kids Week by co-sponsoring Kids Safety and Health Fair;
- identify opportunities to increase participation in Subway Safe Rider Citation program;
- work with Pierce County Child Death Review Team to develop and recommend recommendations; and work toward meeting all coalition principals of performance.
To reduce the number of child injuries or death from injuries the organization will provide clinic grants to educate children and their caregivers, work with the county’s child passenger safety team to plan and implement monthly community car seat inspections and work with community businesses and organizations to advance safety education.
Other activities will include promoting use of helmets through distribution of low-cost helmets and sell videos on how to fit a helmet;
Encourage more information about poisons and the poison center resources, promote fire and burn safety and distribute smoke detectors and promote water safety.
One feature of the water safety education program will include a program to offer low-cost, custom-fitted life jackets that will be acquired from Sportco at a special price.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting:
Michelle Johnson, Public Education Specialist, Pierce County Fire District #3 in University Place. Phone 253-534-3284.