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Safety and prevention

Water safety Cook Children's partners with the community to raise awareness and meet learning needs centered around injury prevention and child safety.

Whether it is the correct use of a car seat, drowning prevention education in the schools, or providing a better awareness of poison hazards to new moms, we are working to create safe homes and communities for children.

Safe Kids Tarrant County
Safe Kids Tarrant County (SKTC) is a local coalition led by Cook Children's Community Health Outreach department and is a nationally recognized community partnership. SKTC is dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries which is the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.

Bicycle safety
Did you know that more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport? According to Safe Kids Worldwide, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent – yet only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.

Care Team
Child abuse is one of the most uncomfortable topics to discuss. But it is certainly one of the most important. Prevention begins with awareness, and that means understanding what abuse is, what the signs of abuse are, and what actions to take.

Drowning prevention
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 14 and under. Learn steps you can take to prevent drownings or near drownings in your pool, the lake or other areas where there is water.

Human trafficking
Every year, thousands of children become victims of human traffickers. Many of them are right here in our own backyard. There are things that each of us can do to help these children and to prevent this tragedy from happening.

Oral health
Tooth decay and dental-related issues not only cause children to miss school due to pain, they can also hurt kids in other ways.

Poison prevention
Poisons are in every home. Learn how you can prevent accidental poisonings from household medications and other products such as cosmetics, cleaning substances, plants, toys, pesticides, art supplies and alcohol.

Safe infant sleep
Any parent of a 0-12 month old infant may be concerned about SIDS. Are there ways to prevent SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths like suffocation or strangulation? Yes.

Safety in and around cars
The combination of children and cars can result in many dangerous situations. Buckling up the right way on every ride is the single most important thing a family can do to stay safe in the car. It is also important to be aware of other important hazards cars can pose to kids. Preventing backover and frontover incidents, heat stroke and trunk entrapment are also important to keeping your kids safe in and around vehicles.

Sexting is the sending of sexually explicit messages and or pictures via cell phone or instant messenger. These days sexting seems to be a rite of passage for most teens, yet sexting could have devastating consequences on their future.

TV and furniture tip-overs
Top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can be unsteady, and if pulled or climbed on, they can tip over and seriously injure young children. These injuries can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Much like childproofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are important steps to keeping your family safe.

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