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injury prevention

Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to children in the United States. Dayton Children’s is dedicated to preventing childhood injury in our region. Dayton Children’s Center for Community Health and Advocacy recognizes the power of partnership to keep kids in our community safe. We work within our community to reduce instances of injury in the following ways:

  • Educate the community about child safety, injury risks and prevention
  • Focus on injury risk areas that affect our region, and develop effective means to increase safety practices
  • Facilitate sustainable partnerships for injury prevention in our region

Signature injury prevention programs that address the leading causes of injury to children in our community include:

car seat checks and safety program

book a car seat check

Child safety seats are as important as your child's immunizations in protecting his or her life and health. Did you know that the greatest danger to children older than age one is car accidents? Fortunately, serious injuries and deaths can be prevented simply by using a child safety seat or restraint that is appropriate for your child's age, height and weight.

Dayton Children’s conducts monthly car seat checks by appointment as well as car seat checks in the community throughout the year to help you keep your child riding safely.

During a car seat inspection, your car seat will be checked for recalls. Then the technician will work with you to make sure your car seat is properly installed in your vehicle. Most car seat checks take 30 to 45 minutes.

If you are expecting a child, we will be happy to help you install your seat and answer any questions you have before your child's arrival.

To schedule an appointment for a car seat check visit our online booking site or contact us at 937-641-3700.

Ohio Buckles Buckeyes

The Ohio Department of Health’s child passenger safety (CPS) program, Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB), provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible low income families in all Ohio counties.  Dayton Children’s manages this region for the OBB program.

Requirements for the OBB Program

In order to receive an OBB seat, families who are income-eligible* must attend an educational class provided by trained local CPS staff. In this session, the parent/caregiver(s) receives important education on how to properly use the car seat for their child, and they are instructed on how to correctly install the car seat in their vehicle.

*income must be within WIC guidelines although the recipient does not need to be enrolled in WIC

Occupant Protection Regional Coordinator –  937-641-5763 or pettiforda@childrensdayton.org  

For more information about child passenger safety you can visit: https://www.odh.ohio.gov.

Use this map to find a car seat fitting station near you. 

safe kids greater dayton

One way we reach out into the community is by leading the local Safe Kids Greater Dayton coalition. Safe Kids Greater Dayton is one of more than 300 state and local coalitions formed as part of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Worldwide is the first national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury. The campaign was launched in 1988 to address what was then a little recognized problem: More children younger than age 14 were being killed by what people call "accidents" (motor vehicle crashes, fires and other injuries) than by any other cause.

The goal of Safe Kids Greater Dayton is to serve in a leadership role in the education of parents/care givers, children, educators, health care providers, public and private organizations, legislators and the community about the impact of childhood injuries. The Coalition covers seven counties including Butler, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren.

Through community events and injury prevention programs, Safe Kids Greater Dayton plays an active role in engaging children and adults in safety education.

To learn more visit safekids.org

To learn more about Safe Kids Greater Dayton or to become a new member contact Abbey Pettiford at pettiforda@childrensdayton.org or at 937-641-5853.

stay ahead of the game – bicycle helmets

A leading cause of death for children is head trauma from accidents where a helmet was not worn. Through the Stay Ahead of the Game program, Dayton Children's and Safe Kids Greater Dayton make helmets and, more importantly, education available to children before they have an accident.

The Stay Ahead of the Game program provides organizations who promote bicycle safety in our 20-county service area up to 25 free helmets to be distributed and fitted during bicycle rodeos and other education-based events.

This program would not be possible without the generous support of our funders.

To request helmets please use our helmet request form at least 4 weeks prior to a scheduled event.

calendar of events

Throughout the year Dayton Children’s participates and hosts a variety of injury prevention events. Check out our event calendar to find one coming up near you!