The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable.
Safe Kids Cherokee County, led by Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, is a local coalition through Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. Safe Kids Cherokee County is dedicated to preventing those types of preventable injuries to its citizens.
When a child dies or is seriously injured, the lives of families and entire communities are changed forever. But these tragedies don’t have to happen. The important thing to remember about accidental injuries is that they are preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning.
Since 1988, when National Safe Kids was founded by Dr. Marty Eichelberger of the Children’s National Medical Center with support from founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, there has been a 60 percent decrease in the unintentional injury rate among children 19 years and younger across the nation.
Losing one child is one too many, and we don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child. That’s why we’re calling on everyone to come together, to raise awareness and to get involved so we can ensure that all children around the world have the chance to grow up healthy and safe, and do all the great things kids were meant to do.
Safe Kids Cherokee County is one of 31 local coalitions in Georgia implementing safety programs and hands-on training. Our grass roots network is mobilizing our community at the local level. We provide public education programs, facilitate engineering and environmental modifications, enact and enforce laws and regulations and conduct research to drive our programs and determine the efficacy of our efforts.