Safe Kids Jackson County
The Problem: Accidental childhood injury
Accidental injury is the number one cause of death among children ages 14 and under in the United States. Also, each year one out of every four children needs medical attention for an accidental injury.
The Solution: Safe Kids
Safe Kids Jackson County is one of more than 300 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that bring together health and safety experts, educators, governments, and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Jackson County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. We know our efforts are needed because 90% of accidental injuries can be prevented.
Safe Kids Jackson County was created in 2013 by its lead agency-- the Jackson County Department of Public Health. The coalition has grown to include representation from the following organizations and agencies:
- Jackson County Department of Public Health
- Jackson County Department of Social Services
- Jackson County Emergency Management
- Jackson County Public Schools
- Sylva Police Department
- Jackson County Sheriff's Office
- NC State Highway Patrol
- Jackson County Permitting & Code Enforcement
- WCU Police Department
- Jackson County Parks & Rec Department
- American Red Cross- WNC Region
- Active Routes to School
- Region A Partnership for Children & Smart Start
- Mountain Projects
- Harris Hospital & EMS
The mission of the coalition is to reduce accidental death and injury to children ages 0-19 years in Jackson County through prevention, education, and intervention.
Safe Kids Jackson County works with local schools, community groups, and more to implement child injury prevention programs. Please contact us if you are interested in working with Safe Kids Jackson County on an ongoing safety program.
- Child Passenger Safety
- Pedestrian and Bike Safety
- Water Safety
- Poison Prevention
- Fire Safety
- Fire Alarm Canvassing
The Jackson County Department of Public Health has Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff. Technicians are on duty on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only, to assist with child safety seat checks, provide educational information on child safety seats, and to assist with purchase and installation of a new child safety seat. To learn more about this program or about the Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program, click here.
Safety Information and Resources
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- Safe Kids NC
- Safe Kids Jackson County's Facebook page
- Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Injury Prevention
- Children's Safety Network
- National Safety Council
Ruby Lawrence, Safe Kids Coordinator