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Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Safe Kids Southeastern Idaho will no longer be providing child safety seats or education to families in the health district. This program has been turned over to the Pocatello Police Department. The remaining seats are available at the following locations:

  • Pocatello Police Department, 234-6100
  • Caribou Memorial Hospital, Soda Springs, 547-3341
  • Oneida County Hospital, Malad, 766-2231

Thank you to everyone in the health district who helped make the child safety seat program a success. Working together, we provided many seats to many grateful families and caregivers in our area.

SAFEKIDS Southeastern Idaho is part of a national organization, SafeKids Worldwide, dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury. Unintentional childhood injuries are the leading cause of death for child 14 and under. SAFEKIDS Southeastern Idaho provides information to parents and children on many safety issues including bicycle safety and helmet use, home safety, scald and burn prevention, poison safety and prevention, and drowning and water safety. SAFEKIDS also provides classes on properly using and installing child safety seat and provides in Child Safety Seat checks.

Injury Facts
  • Accidental injury is the leading cause of death for U.S. children from one to 14 years old. In 2002, 5,305 children died from accidental injuries.
  • The leading causes of death from accidental injury were motor vehicle occupant injury, airway obstruction, drowning, pedestrian injury and burns.
  • In 2002, injuries to children ages 14 and under resulted in 233,000 hospitalizations, more than 2.3 million visits to hospital outpatient departments and 17 million visits to physician's offices.
  • Injuries are the second leading cause of hospitalization and the leading cause of emergency room visits among children under 14.
  • The annual cost of child injury deaths in United States is an estimated $34.5 billion (U.S. Dollars).
Bike & Helmet Safety
Bike & Helmet Safety
More than one-third of all bicyclist deaths occur among school age youth ages five to 20. Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. A bicycle is not a toy. It is a vehicle.
Car Seat Safety
Car Seat Safety
A back seat is generally the safest place for a child to ride. Air bags may save lives, however, children who ride in the front seat could be seriously injured or killed when the air bag deploys in the event of a crash.
Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of injury among children. Each year, more than 100 children ages 14 and under die and 2.5 million are treated in emergency rooms for injuries from falls. Among children who die from falls, more than half are ages 4 and under.
Fire Safety
Fire Safety
A fire in a home can start due to, a cigarette left unattended near furniture, a greasy pot overheating on the stovetop, food left cooking too long in the oven, etc. Once a fire starts, smoke and flames spread rapidly. Many people are unaware of how common, and deadly, home fires can be.
Playground Safety
Playground Safety
Each year, about 50,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms because of injuries on home playground equipment and several die.
Poison Safety Tips
Poison Safety Tips
Children ages 1 to 3 are at highest risk of poisoning. Young children like to explore their worlds by putting things into their mouths, this is how they learn. Some things are poisonous if swallowed, come into contact with the skin or eyes or if inhaled.
Home Alone & Stranger Danger
Home Alone & Stranger Danger
If you must leave your children home alone, following these rules will make them safer.
Water Safety
Water Safety
Water Safety around Pools, Rivers and Lakes. Household Water Safety Tips for Small Children.