If a disease were killing our children in the proportion accidents are, people would be outraged and demand this killer be stopped. —C. Everett Koop, MD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts unites public and private organizations, local businesses, and concerned citizens to reduce needless childhood injuries and deaths. It is a member coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide.
Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts began in 1992. Its focus over the years has been tri-fold:
- Promote public awareness through education and media campaigns
- Develop programs and implement prevention strategies
- Advocate for public policies and regulations that decrease the risk of childhood injuries
The main areas of concentration for coalition activities are to prevent injuries from:
- motor vehicle crashes and child car seat misuse
- bicycle crashes
- hazards in the home
Some examples of activities include:
- provision of discount vouchers for child safety seats
- child car seat check up events
- bicycle rodeos
- provision of education materials and prevention tips on a variety of childhood injuries
Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts meets regularly on the first Monday of the month at 11:00am, and members of the public are welcome to attend.
If you are unable to participate in the meetings, but would still like to be involved in the Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts, there are many opportunities to volunteer at coalition events.
The Kohl’s Cares® Safety Crew is dedicated to preventing childhood injuries – the leading cause of death and disability for children in the United States. We educate parents and caregivers how to keep their kids free from injury and provide safety devices to protect kids in the community.
Mobile Car Seat Safety Checks
The Kohl’s Cares® Safety Crew partners with the Safe Kids Buckle Up Program and Safe Kids Western Massachusetts to provide car seat inspections and teach parents and caregivers how to properly install child safety seats throughout Western Massachusetts. Learn more about the free child car seat clinics.
Child passenger safety technicians will teach you how to correctly install the car seats and how to travel safely with children on every ride. This is a free educational service. It provides a hands-on opportunity to learn how to properly secure children in the car.
The Kohl’s Cares® Safety Crew provides interactive learning experiences for children and caregivers on bike safety and proper helmet fit in the summer. In the winter, the Crew’s focus is on skiing safety and preventing traumatic brain injury while skiing. Ski helmets can be provided at low-cost at area events.
Child Pedestrian Safety
Drivers, parents and kids can all do their part to keep child pedestrians safe on neighborhood streets. The Kohl’s Cares® Safety Crew teaches children and adults how to be safe while walking to school or to the park.
The Western Mass Safe Kids Coalition is sponsored by the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) at Baystate Health System. The Children's Miracle Network Telethon is broadcast by WWLP TV 22. CMN has raised nearly $6 million over the last 15 years for pediatric health programs in the Pioneer Valley.
Kohl's provides a grant to the Safe Kids Program each year.