For Immediate Release: April 24, 2012

Safe Kids Events Promote Child Safety on the Field, at Home, on the Water and in the Car

Local events during Safe Kids Week provide tips for preventing childhood injuries.

RALEIGH -- Unintentional injuries kill more than 830,000 children annually worldwide and permanently disable even more, according to statistics from Safe Kids USA.

Unintentional injuries kill more than 830,000 children annually worldwide and permanently disable even more, according to statistics from Safe Kids USA.

National Safe Kids Week, April 23 - 29, marks the beginning of "trauma season," and Safe Kids coalitions will hold events statewide to educate kids, parents and caregivers about the best ways to keep kids safe during sporting events, in their homes, while swimming or playing near water, and while riding as passengers in a vehicle. Local event information.

"As a parent, it is scary that unintentional injuries remain the leading killer of kids,” said Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids North Carolina Chair Wayne Goodwin. "But I want to remind other parents in North Carolina that the majority of these injuries and deaths are preventable."

During Safe Kids Week, coalitions and chapters hold parent education workshops, school safety fairs and other events. Safe Kids coalitions encourage families to get involved in local events by including games for children, curricula for teachers, educational materials for parents and much more.

Safe Kids North Carolina reaches out to parents, caregivers and children in 66 counties served by 38 coalitions across the state. Through these coalitions and partnerships, more than six million people have access to Safe Kids North Carolina programming. For more safety tips and information about Safe Kids North Carolina, visit www.ncsafekids.org.

--NCSK--