Did you know that preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the United States? Talk about a surprising and startling statistic.
Every year, a million families around the world lose a child to a preventable injury. Millions more children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. Too many families don’t have access to the information they need to keep their children safe from tragedies such as drowning, car crashes, fires and falls. Safe Kids Worldwide provides resources to families and communities to protect children.
Safe Kids Worldwide has announced several Safe Kids Day events will be held around the country throughout the month of April. These events will bring together families, celebrities and donors to raise awareness and funds to prevent childhood injuries, the number one killer of kids in the United States.
Numerous celebrities and athletes are joining the effort and lending their names as Safe Kids Day “Celebrity Heroes”, including Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman, Nigel & Cristen Barker, Kate Hudson, Bill & Giuliana Rancic,Mark & Rhea Wahlberg, and more.
1. Tug on your kid’s car seat where the seat belt goes.
2. Secure furniture and TVs.
3. Check smoke and CO alarms monthly.
4. Scan your home for places kids can get into medicine.
5. Check around your house for coin-sized button batteries.
6. Ask your kid’s coaches if they have had concussion or sports safety training.
7. Call to action: Take the Challenge and Take Action Against Distraction.
Two national Safe Kids Day fundraising events will be held on Saturday, April 5 at The Lot in Los Angeles and on Saturday, April 12 at the Highline Stages in New York City, in addition to local events held in more than 100 communities across the country.
“Many people are surprised to learn that preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “We don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child. We’re honored to be supported by our celebrity heroes and sponsors, who are so dedicated to helping us reach our goal of preventing injuries and saving lives.”
The 2014 Safe Kids Day campaign fundraising goal is $1 million. Proceeds from Safe Kids Day support local, state and national injury prevention efforts of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Day is presented by Children’s TYLENOL® with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, Tyco and others. To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Kids Day, please visit safekids.org.