Safe Kids South Carolina

Preventing childhood injuries

Children’s Trust is home to Safe Kids South Carolina and a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries in children. South Carolina had the 13th highest rate of injury deaths in the U.S. with 71.7 per 100,000 people suffering injury fatalities compared to the national rate of 57.9 per 100,000.1

From 2006 to 2010, there were 1,059 injury deaths and 538,077 non-fatal injuries among children ages 0 to 17 years. The cost of medical care for non-fatal injuries in that time period exceeded $835,000,000.2

Since 1987 Safe Kids coalitions from across the country have contributed to a 51 percent reduction in the U.S. child fatality rate from unintentional injury.3

Did you know in South Carolina…

  • the top four causes of unintentional injury in 2007 with death among children 0-17 were: motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, drowning and pedestrian related incidents.
  • unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for people 1-44 years old nationally and in South Carolina, motor vehicle crashes being the primary cause of these injuries.
  • there were 230 deaths among children 0-17 years old in 2007 (rate 21.7/100,000).

We empower families and communities to:

  • Educate adults and children
  • Conduct research and
  • Advocate for effective laws that keep children safe

  1. The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report,” released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) The report combined data from 2007 to 2009.
  2. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) Vital Records
  3. Safe Kids World Wide, Fact Sheet