Prevention Works

Prevent childhood injury fatalities. One child death is one too many.

Simple actions can make a big difference Ė the difference between life and death. Motor vehicle accidents, suffocation and drowning are the top three leading causes of childhood injury fatalities in South Carolina and across the United States.

Our dream is that every child has the opportunity to thrive in a healthy, nurturing and safe environment, free from abuse and injury. With all of us working together, we can prevent fatal injuries and protect the ones we love.

Motor Vehicle

Prevention matters

  • No. 1

    cause of childhood injury fatality for age 0-19.1

  • More


    in South Carolina die on S.C. roads than their peers across the U.S.2

  • 14.3

    Children Die

    per 100,000 in S.C. as compared to 9.4 per 100,000 in the U.S.2

  • 1,598

    Children age 0-19

    have died in motor vehicle accidents from 2000 to 2010 in S.C.2

Simple steps to save lives

  • Buckle up.
  • Know the guidelines for child passenger safety infant car seat and booster seat use.
  • Educate teens on the dangers of texting and/or drinking while driving.
  • South Carolina law does not meet current recommended American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines. Contact your legislator to update South Carolina law.
  • Support legislation that makes distracted driving illegal by contacting your state legislators.

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Prevention matters

  • Suffocation is the


    cause of injury related deaths among children less than one year old.3

  • 238


    age 0-1 died from suffocation in South Carolina from 2000 to 2010.2

  • 70%

    of suffocation deaths

    are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.3

  • In 2010, more than


    of all nursery product-related emergency room visits were from cribs and playpens for children less than 5 years old.3

Simple steps to save lives.

  • Infants should sleep alone, on their back in a crib. Know safe sleeping recommendations for infants.
  • Loose bedding, toys and bumper pads should not be in the crib while an infant is sleeping.
  • Donít smoke around a baby.
  • Know and follow the safety guidelines for cribs and other infant products.

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Prevention matters

  • No.1

    cause of injury related death among children ages one to four.3

  • 79%

    of deaths for children under 14 occurred at a private residence.4

  • 223

    Children and Youth

    age 0-19 died from drowning in South Carolina from 2000 to 2010.2

  • 89%

    of boating deaths

    of all ages had operators who had not received boating safety instructions3

Simple steps to save lives.

  • Closely supervise children who are in and around water.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Teach children how to swim and support community programs that offer affordable swim lessons.
  • Install fences, gates, covers and other safety devices around pools.
  • Use U.S. Coast Guard child-sized approved personal flotation devices.

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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Vital Signs - Child Injury Infographic

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)

3. Safe Kids WorldWide, 2013 Safety Professionals Fact Sheets

4. Pool Safely, Drowning Deaths and Injuries Infographic