Local Program Raises Awareness and Shares Tips for Child Safety

Children are at high risk for preventable injuries.

Frederick, MD – Unintentional injuries kill more people under the age of 19 than all childhood diseases combined, but one Frederick department seeks to change that.

Safe Kids of Frederick County is a program attempting to educate and spread public awareness of methods to reduce the likelihood of preventable injuries and death.

Safe Kids Frederick County Coordinator Jessica Dayal said the program is divided into 7 focus areas: Ride Safe, Wheel Safe, Walk Safe, Play Safe, Home Safe, Swim Safe and Poison Safe.

“Car passenger safety, bicycle safety, and pedestrian safety was a huge main focus in Frederick County,”Dayal said. “And it still is.”

The Safe Kids program is a national organization with a collection of safety tips that cover a variety of topics including safe medicine storage, water safety, bike safety, and more.

Parents are able to make an appointment with the Frederick Health Department to have their children’s car seat inspected to ensure safety as well.

More information on Safe Kids of Frederick County and their list of safety tips can be found at SafeKids.org.

By Timothy Young