• Child Passenger Safety

    The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) provides injury prevention tips for children ages 5 to 9 years old.

  • Parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference by making sure your child passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats. The safest place for children of any age to ride is properly restrained in the back seat. Data show that for children ages 4 and over, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to safety belts alone.

    Between Ages 4-8 OR Until 4'9" Tall – Booster seat. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (by reaching the upper height and weight limits of their seat), they should ride in belt positioning booster seats. Remember to keep children in the back seat for the best possible protection.

    • For children who are riding in booster seats, never place the shoulder belt under the child's arm or behind the child's back.
    • Be sure all occupants wear safety belts correctly every time. Children learn from adult role models.
    • Tell all drivers who transport your child that a car seat or booster seat use is a must when your child is in their vehicles.
    • Treat seat belts as you would any cord or rope. Do not allow children to play with them at any time.

    When you think of family car safety, you probably think about proper use of car seats and the importance of keeping kids secure in the event of a crash.  Be aware of the additional dangers children face in and playing around cars.

    • Teach children not to play in or around cars.
    • Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle and always Supervise children carefully when in and around vehicles.
    • Teach children to move away from a vehicle when a driver gets in it or if the car is started.
    • Have children in the area stand to the side of the driveway or sidewalk so you can see them as you are backing out of a driveway or parking space.
    • Make sure to look behind you while backing up slowly in case a child dashes behind your vehicle unexpectedly.
    • Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
    • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
    • Make a habit of looking in the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away.
    • If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

    In 2008, one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.  Whether walking to a friend’s house, to school or around town, children need to know how to navigate streets safely. Begin to teach your child safe street habits and Don’t allow a child under age 10 to cross streets alone.

    Teach safe behaviors:

    • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Cross when the street is clear, and keep looking both ways while crossing. Walk, don't run. 
    • Understand and obey traffic signals and signs. 
    • Walk facing traffic, on sidewalks or paths, so that you can see oncoming cars. If there are no sidewalks, walk as far to the left as possible.

    Practice safe behaviors:

    • Don’t allow a child under age 10 to cross streets alone as he may not be able to fully appreciate the speed of cars on the road.
    • Require children to carry a flashlight at night, dawn and dusk. Add retroreflective materials to children’s clothing so that a child can be seen by motorists, even in the dark.
    • Don't let kids play in driveways, unfenced yards, streets or parking lots. Drivers may not see or anticipate children playing.
    • Teach children to always cross at pedestrian crossings and intersections, even where this means an extra walk
  • Additional Resources

    Cincinnati Children’s is a member of the Safe Kids USA campaign and the lead organization of the Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition.  Their goal is to prevent your child from being injured in a motor vehicle crash, fire, scalding, pedestrian activity, poisoning, choking, bike crash, fall, water activity or shooting.

    Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC)
    The Drug and Poison Information Center works to provide you with important prevention information, educational materials, first-aid information, common household hazards and references to national helpline organizations and agencies. 

    The phone number for the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center is 513-636-5111. You may also call a national hotline, 1-800-222-1222, and you will be connected to the center that serves your area.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable. In an effort to raise parents' awareness about the leading causes of child injury in the United States and how they can be prevented, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the Protect the Ones You Love initiative.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) helps give additional information on choosing and using car seats as well as a Child Seat Inspection Station Locator to help with installation of your seats.

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    Healthy Children is a parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Ideal, whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues.

    Injury Free Coalition of Kids
    The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is among the country's fastest growing and most effective injury prevention programs. They are comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy.