Safe Kids Utah strives to make Utah a safer place for children.
Most people are surprised to learn that preventable injuries - things like car crashes, drownings, fires, and falls - are the leading cause of death to kids.
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Safe Kids Utah Receives $120k Donation to Prevent Childhood Injuries
Unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, drowning, and poisoning continue to be the number one killer of children ages one to 18 in Utah. Fortunately, there are effective ways to prevent many of these tragedies from even occurring. Thanks to a generous donation from Intermountain Healthcare, Safe Kids Utah will now be able to expand safety programs across the state such as car seat checkups, ATV safety clinics, and other education programs that teach children, parents, and caregivers how to prevent unintentional childhood injuries.
“When a child dies or is seriously injured, the lives of families and communities are changed forever. But these tragedies don’t have to happen. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness, and planning,” said Cambree Applegate, Safe Kids Utah director. “This donation will allow Safe Kids Utah to increase our efforts to teach parents how to keep their children safe while at home, at play, or on the road.”
“As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Intermountain Healthcare’s priority is to improve health in the communities we serve,” said Mikelle Moore, vice president of Community Benefit for Intermountain Healthcare. “We are grateful to assist Safe Kids Utah to meet their goals to prevent unintentional childhood injuries.”
For more information about the donation, visit the Utah Department of Health News Releases Blog.
Safe Kids Utah Strives to Keep Kids Safe
Safe Kids Utah was organized in 1995 to address the issue of childhood injuries and to look for better ways to keep kids safe. Safe Kids Utah is a 501(c)3 organization and is housed within the Utah Department of Health.
Together with community partners across the state, Safe Kids Utah strives to make Utah a safer place for children and preventing unintentional injuries and deaths by raising community awareness, influencing policies, promoting safety, and establishing private/public partnerships.
Prevention efforts lead by Safe Kids Utah over the last two decades have worked. From 1999 to 2014, there has been a 60 percent decrease in the rate of unintentional injury deaths among Utah children ages one to 18 (12.9 per 100,000 in 1999 vs. 5.1 in 2014).
Find a Safe Kids Coalition near you!
There are 14 Safe Kids Coalitions/Chapters located across Utah.
- Safe Kids Bear River (serves Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties)
- Safe Kids Central Utah (serves Juab, Sanpete, Millard, Sevier, Piute, and Wayne counties)
- Safe Kids Davis County
- Safe Kids Great Basin - chapter (serves Millard county)
- Safe Kids Iron County
- Safe Kids Salt Lake
- Safe Kids Southeast - chapter (serves Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties)
- Safe Kids Summit County
- Safe Kids Tooele County
- Safe Kids TriCounty - chapter (serves Daggett, Duchesene, and Uintah counties)
- Safe Kids Utah County
- Safe Kids Wasatch County
- Safe Kids Weber-Morgan (serves Morgan and Weber Counties)
- Safe Kids Washington County