Safe Kids Johnson County

Safe Kids Johnson County

The Safe Kids Johnson County Coalition exists to eliminate accidental injury and death to children ages 14 and under in and around Johnson County.

The Safe Kids Johnson County coalition community involvement includes bike rodeos, discounted bike helmets, car seat safety checks/replacements, participation in Safety Village, health and safety fairs.

Action groups include bike safety, car seat safety, fire and burn safety, water safety, playground safety and unsupervised sports, ATV and farm safety. If you would like to become a member feel free to contact a member of the steering committee (see below) or call Mercy's Community Relations Department at 339-3658.

SAFE KIDS Steering Committee

Doug Stahl Mercy Iowa City, co-coordinator
John Grier Iowa City Fire Department, co-coordinator
Pam Hoogerwerf University of Iowa Stead Children’s Hospital
Travis Mai Coralville Parks and Recreation Department
Allan Mebus Iowa City Police Department
Evelyn Wolfe Iowa Dept. of Public Health - EMS

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury-the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. More than 316 State and Local SAFE KIDS Coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico comprise the Campaign. Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore are honorary chairs and former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett  Koop, MD, is chairman of the Campaign.

Most parents work hard to keep their children healthy: immunizations, nutritious meals, regular checkups. But many parents don't realize that unintentional injuries are responsible for more deaths and disability to children than all childhood diseases combined. Most childhood injuries can be predicted and prevented.

  • Each year, approximately 7,200 U.S. children are killed and at least 50,000 are permanently disabled by preventable injuries.
  • Almost 3,000 children die from motor vehicle-related crashes every year.
  • 90 percent of child fire-related deaths occur in homes without smoke detectors.
  • Every year, unintentional injuries kill and disable more children than kidnapping, drugs, and disease combined.
  • The economic cost is estimated to be almost $3 billion each year.
  • This year, one in four (approximately 13 million) children 14 and under will be hurt seriously enough to require medical attention.
  • Education and prevention are the keys to reducing these numbers.