Safe Kids Coalitions of Orange & Chatham Counties
Safe Kids Chatham and Safe Kids Orange, both led by UNC Trauma, have been leaders in child injury prevention and community risk reduction in our area for many years. We are a diverse group of stakeholders coming together for the same goal: to protect kids. We are proud to be one of 43 local coalitions of Safe Kids North Carolina and part of the Safe Kids Worldwide network.
Our coalitions' work is data driven, and we address the most common injuries experienced by our communities' kids. Our three main focus areas are:
We support bike, skateboarding and street safety by providing helmets to community members, holding bike rodeos, and educating kids about safe habits. We also provide swimming and water safety education for both pools and open water, and we provide life jackets at Jordan Lake. For resources for biking and street safety click here.
For water safety resources click here.
Community Coalition Projects
Our coalitions' members meet on a monthly basis to coordinate injury prevention efforts between our communities’ public service and public safety agencies. Some of our annual projects include planning Safe Kids Day and other safety fairs, providing bicycle helmets to toy drives during the holidays, providing car seats to families in need, and holding car seat safety checks.
Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program
We lead the Orange & Chatham Counties Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program. If you or someone you know has been given a CPS citation by law enforcement in Orange or Chatham Counties in NC, you may be able to have your citation dismissed by attending our program. For more information you can call 984-974-2437. More information on North Carolina's Child Passenger Safety laws can be found here.
Safe Kids partners with Child Passenger Safety Permanent Checking Stations (PCS) to provide car seat safety checks on a regular basis. Many of our partnering fire departments are designated PCS, and you can find their hours of operation here.
Safe Kids Partners:
Local Law Enforcement
Public Service Agencies & Nonprofits
Check out this article quoting our injury prevention coordinator on the dangers of hot car deaths and how to prevent them! Click here for the full article.
News of Orange Features Safe Kids Orange County Partners for Highlighting Hot Car Dangers and Heat Stroke Prevention. For the full article click here
National ‘Just Ask’ Day is June 21, 2020. Orange & Durham Gun Safety Teams Remind You to ‘Just Ask’ About Safe Gun Storage
For more information about safe gun storage you can visit BeSmartForKids.org
Check our our Safe Kids Coalitions’ June Newsletter for updates on relevant safety topics and their work in the community.
Listen to the Interview Here https://bit.ly/SSTheHill
Listen to the ATV Safety Podcast from UNC Trauma Today. In under 15 minutes you can learn how to have a safe ride every time with ATV Safety Expert Steve Oesch. Wear your helmet every time, know the laws, wear protective eye gear and stay off main roads!
Summer Safety Tips Video Series is available online now from Safe Kids Orange & Chatham Counties. Topics cover stranger safety, travel and social media safety, pool and open water safety, hydration and sport safety, TBI prevention, hot car and car seat safety, and cooking and campfire safety. Participating community partners include: UNC Wellness Centers, UNC Read More
Listen to the podcast interview of Michael Brown, a retired psychologist and long time American Red Cross volunteer. Michael works with families in crises during disasters and provides us with some insight on how to cope and help your family cope during the pandemic.