Each year, among those newborn to 19 years of age, an average of 20 youth die from unintentional injuries. Nearly 12,000 youth are treated in emergency rooms for serious but nonfatal injuries in Fulton County.
Our Childhood Injury Prevention Program aims to reduce the number of unintentional injuries for children ages birth-to age 19 through:
- Educating parents/caregivers and children and encouraging behavioral changes that reduce injuries
- Distributing safety equipment such as car safety seats, booster seats and bicycle helmets
- Promoting pedestrian and bike safety through Safety Town Georgia– a scale town with buildings, traffic signals and bikes that allows kids to learn and demonstrate safety practices.
- Promoting policy changes for car, bike and pedestrian-related safety
If you’re a parent/caregiver organization interested in accessing these services contact Charlene Simmons, Safe Kids Fulton Coalition Coordinator at Charlene.Simmons@fultoncountyga.gov or 404.612.4236.
The Childhood Injury Prevention program works with community partners through the Safe Kids Fulton Coalition to accomplish this work to build safe and healthy communities in Fulton County. The Fulton County Board of Health is the lead agency for the Safe Kids Fulton Coalition.
Safe Kids Fulton Coalition
Safe Kids Fulton Coalition is a non-profit organization that includes safety officials, experts, and volunteers from around the county. It is part of Safe Kids Georgia and Safe Kids Worldwide. The Safe Kids Fulton Coalition membership is comprised of public safety officials from various cities in Fulton County, local non-profits, and community members who plan activities that focus on preventing the most common unintentional injuries:
- Traffic Injuries
- Fire and Burns
- Drowning and Near-Drowning
- Poisoning and falls
Join the Safe Kids Fulton Coalition
Membership recruitment is ongoing and is open to any city, community-based organization, or community member with an interest in childhood injury prevention in any of the following areas:
- Vehicle and Road Safety i.e. Child Passenger Car-Seat Inspections
- Pedestrian Safety i.e. International Walk to school Day
- Bike/Wheeled Sports Safety i.e. Bike to School Day, Helmet Education and Distribution (while supplies last)
- Home Safety i.e. Medication Safety, Safe Sleep, TV & Furniture Tip over
- Safety Fire and Burn Safety i.e. National Fire Prevention Week, Fireworks Safety & Burn Awareness Week
- Sports Safety i.e. raising awareness about preventing youth sports injuries
- Water Safety i.e. increase awareness on preventing drowning at home and in the community
- Violence and Injury Prevention i.e. implement community-based sessions
What are the requirements for membership?
Beyond having an interest in childhood safety we ask that members
- Attend quarterly Safe Kids Meetings
- Participate in, plan or host a minimum of four safe kids activities annually
- Consider becoming a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (the training costs may be covered by the coalition). Your contributions to the coalition will help build safe and healthy communities where children can flourish.
Contact our Safe Kids Fulton Coalition Coordinator at 404.612.4236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about membership or to learn more about becoming a certified child passenger safety technician.