Safe Kids, Safe Families with Stark County Health Department

 Safe Kids, Safe Families-The Stark County Health Department is dedicated to preparedness, prevention, & responsiveness for family safety.

Below is an interview explaining a few of Stark County Health Department’s focus including Safe Kids, Ohio Buckeye Buckles Car Seat, and Emergency Awareness Plans.

Stark County Safety for Families features a Non-Profit Coalition which has been around since 1992.  They strive to prevent and reduce childhood injuries.  The Stark County Health Department help to host and plan local events like Safe Kids Day and Walk this Way program which is held on the 1st Wednesday of October annually.  Safe Kids Stark County’s Facebook page has numerous helpful tips like these:

Stark County Department of Health’s Logan Valentine, Health Educator, specified numerous carseat safety tips including:

  • Have children rear-facing until age 2
  • Refer to Car Seat manual for when and how to reposition
  • Ensure the center harness clip is at armpit level
  • Try the “pinch test” to see if the straps need tightened

The website explains further about important Ohio Safety Passenger Tips:

  • Ohio law states that children must be restrained in a child safety seat until they are 4 years old and 40 pounds.
  •  Children should ride in booster seats until they are 8 years old or 80 pounds or 4’9” tall
  •  Children 12 and under should ride in the back seat—restrained with a lap AND shoulder belt

There are also other topics including:

Amy Ascandi is Stark County Department of Health’s Bioterrorism Planning Coordinator who explains the need for and plans about Emergency Family Awareness Plans and disaster kit ideas.  Natural disasters can happen at any time from the power going out, to natural phenomenons or a sickness outbreak and it’s important to have a plan.  Even though many events are unforeseen, there are ways to minimize risks from known dangers and distress.

All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, extreme weather conditions, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards. Planning now can help save lives later.

Putting together a family plan will ensure that you and your family know where one another are in the event of an emergency, hear important instructions from local officials, and respond in a way that keeps you and your family safe.

The Stark County Combined General Health District (Stark County Health Department) was founded in 1920, serving the people of Stark County for over a century. The department is currently the ninth largest health district in the State of Ohio which serves the public health needs of over 250,000 people. The jurisdiction of the Stark County Combined General Health District is comprised of 17 Townships, 12 Villages, and the cities of Canal Fulton, Louisville, and North Canton. The mission of the department is to assess, protect, promote, and improve the health of Stark County through leadership, quality service, and community partnerships.

Mrs TAZ- Reporting Safe Kids, Safe Families 

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