Safe Kids Davis County's biggest outreach this year was its 8th annual Green Ribbon Month, a pedestrian safety project the group pioneered in 1998.
It enlists students to sign pledges to walk safely in crosswalks and at intersections, and motorists to drive more safely in neighborhoods and school zones. In 2005, 36 schools and 101 local businesses participated.
The group was organized in 1995 with the goal of saving children's lives by reducing unintentional injuries. Its primary areas of focus are home and vehicle safety, drowning prevention and bicycle injury prevention. Over the past year, Safe Kids reached more than 74,000 Davis County residents through:
- Safe Kids Week Fest activities (1,500 attendees)
- Child safety seat checks (420 seats)
- Safety seat giveaways (135 seats)
- Bicycle safety activities (2,000 attendees)
-Booster seat classes (1,000 attendees)
- Home safety device giveaways (248 devices including outlet covers and smoke alarms)
- Gunlock giveaways (1,000 locks)
"Unintentional injury is the number one killer of children ages 14 and under," said Martin R. Eichelberger, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "One of the best ways we can prevent these deaths is through education, and Davis County Safe Kids has done a remarkable job in that arena," he said.
"Our staff in Washington relies on dedicated and passionate people at the local level who get injury prevention messages out to their communities," said Eichelberger. "The strength of Safe Kids is in our coalitions like Davis County that work tirelessly to reach as many parents and children as possible," he added.
Safe Kids Davis County partners include the Clinton, Kaysville and Farmington Police Depart-ments, the Layton and Sunset City Fire Depart-ments, Davis County Head Start, Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Davis County Medi-cal Alliance, Davis School District, Davis County Sheriff's Office,
Davis County Youth Council, KIDGUARD, Layton Hills Mall, Layton Wal-Mart, Region 3 PTA, Second District Juv-enile Court, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Highway Safety Office,
Wee Care Pediatrics, and Young Automotive Group. Safe Kids Davis County is led by the Davis County Health Depart-ment and is affiliated with Safe Kids Utah, which operates out of UDOH.
For more information about Safe Kids Utah and preventing accidental in-jury, call 801-538-6348 or visit www.utahsafekids.org.