For Immediate Release: May 22, 2014

Safe Kids North Carolina Celebrates 20 Years of Child Safety Initiatives

Celebrates anniversary by announcing new partnership with the FBI

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin joined Safe Kids North Carolina volunteers, coordinators and staff members today in Concord, N.C., to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Safe Kids North Carolina and its mission to prevent accidental childhood injury.

"During the past 20 years, our Safe Kids North Carolina coalition members have worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of their fellow North Carolinians," said Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. "Because of their dedication, we are moving toward a world where caregivers can feel empowered and confident that the generations following them will flourish and reach their full potential."

Housed within the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Safe Kids North Carolina is one of the largest state organizations affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide. Through its 41 grassroots coalitions in 71 North Carolina counties, Safe Kids North Carolina volunteers educate parents and caregivers on topics that include child passenger safety, poison prevention, fire safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and water/pool/spa safety. Its statewide initiatives have grown to include successful outreach programs such as Operation Medicine Drop, permanent checking stations for car seats, Buckle Up Kids, and National Fire Prevention Week.

Safe Kids North Carolina announced its new partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation at its anniversary celebration. The organization and law enforcement agency are working together to promote the new FBI Child ID App, a tool for parents and caregivers that provides information in the unlikely event that their child goes missing. The free app can be downloaded to any smart phone.

For more information about Safe Kids North Carolina, go to www.ncsafekids.org.

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