Columbia County Courthouse

230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051 • Phone: (503) 397-7210 • Toll Free: (888) 397-7210

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SAFE KIDS COLUMBIA COUNTY

Safe Kids Columbia County is a recognized Coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Kids Oregon. Safe Kids Worldwide is the first international organization dedicated soley to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury.  More children ages 14 and under die from unintentional injuries than from any other cause.

Mission and Values

The mission of the Safe Kids Columbia County Coalition is to reduce unintentional childhood injuries and deaths. Towards achieving our mission, we value: 

  • Uniting diverse groups and individuals
  • Developing and implementing educational programs
  • Initiating public policy changes
  • Increasing awareness within local and regional communities of the problem of childhood injuries and deaths.

For more information about the Coalition, contact Dawn Crawford at 503.556.3736 or Jan Spika Kenna at 503.397.7225.

SAFETY TIPS

Children of all ages are going to fall, crash, slip and tumble. It's all part of being a kid and we wouldn't want it any other way. But there are little things we can all do to ensure that children avoid the more serious injuries that can lead to disabilities and even death. Safe Kids is a go-to source of safety information like the following. For more information on child injury prevention, visit www.safekids.org.

Product Recalls

Safe Kids is committed to keeping you informed about recalls of kids’ oriented products. Visit  http://www.safekids.org/product-recalls for updated information.

Heatstroke

Never leave your child alone in a car,

not even for a minute!

Babies and young children can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while we quickly run into the store. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies are completely preventable. Here’s how we can

Top Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine. 

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

More. . . In And Around Cars

We live busy lives, and our cars are an important part of making it all happen. For some of us, they’re practically part of the family. And with a little information and a few simple steps, you can keep your children safe and sound in and around cars from the time they’re in their first car seat to the time they get behind the wheel. Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more information and resources: http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/and-around-cars.

  • Driveway Safety.  We know you’re often in a hurry, but before you drive away, take a few seconds to walk all the way around your parked car to check for children.

Getting Ready to Drive

Talk to your all your children about passenger safety. We’ll make it easy for you. Check out the Countdown2drive program, which helps you put together a passenger agreement and guidelines for pre-teens and teens that are specially tailored for your family.

Smokefree Cars for Kids

From the American Lung Association, Oregon

Smoking in a vehicle is extremely hazardous to passengers. Smoking in a small, confined space increases the concentration of secondhand smoke, to the point where the poor air quality exceeds the EPA's "hazardous" level. In addition, these toxins linger in the air and on surfaces like the upholstery and child seats.

Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke. Studies have shown that children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia, ear infections, worsened asthma symptoms and attacks, and even an increased risk of SIDS.

For more information and resources, visit: http://www.lung.org/associations/states/oregon/local-programs/tobacco-control/prevention/

Water Safety

In Columbia County water is everywhere! Safe Kids Worldwide has made water safey easy by dividing their website into three categories: Water in the home, swimming safety and boating safety.

Top Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide

  • Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.

  • Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.

  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.

  • Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. It’s also a good idea to keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. 

  • Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.

For more information, visit: http://www.safekids.org/watersafety.

Car Seats

A new schedule for 2014-2015 car seat clinics will be available soon!

Car Seat Facts

CHILD RESTRAINT LAW: Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND twenty pounds.

BOOSTER SEAT LAW: Children over forty pounds must use a booster seat until they are age 8 OR 4'9" in height.

SAFETY BELT LAW: A child taller than 4’9” OR age 8 or older must be properly secured with the vehicle’s safety belt. The child is properly secured if the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck.

BEST PRACTICE: Remember that children under age 13 should ride in the back seat where they are 37% safer. And never transport more children in your car than you have child safety seats and safety belt systems.