Everyone benefits from a safer community and home. Here are some ways to improve safety and create thriving neighborhoods:
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Many children who live close enough to walk to school are driven or ride the bus because parents worry that the streets are not safe. The SRTS programprovides funding and assistance to communities and schools to create safe opportunities for students to walk or bike to/from school. Check out the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Non-Infrastructure Toolkit for ideas on how to implement the 6 E’s of the SRTS program – education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, equity, and evaluation.
In many communities, there are no safe places for residents to play or be active. Shared use (or joint use) agreements with schools, communities, and churches open up safe spaces, like playgrounds and gyms, where kids can play and families can be physically active together. Model agreements and other helpful resources can be found on the ChangeLab Solutions website.
Infant Safe Sleep
Hamilton County and the State of Ohio have very high infant mortality rates. A major factor leading to the high infant mortality rate is the number of infant deaths due to unsafe sleep practices. An infant should always sleep Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib – the ABC’s of Safe Sleep. Every time an infant sleeps – including daytime napping – the ABC’s of Safe Sleep should be followed.
For families or infant caregivers in the Greater Cincinnati area who do not have a crib, dial 2-1-1 to learn about resources and services that are available to assist. Pack-n-Plays (playards) may be available to those that qualify.
To learn more about infant safe sleep and infant mortality in Cincinnati and Hamilton County, visit Cradle Cincinnati’s website.
Injuries can happen in all aspects of our lives, at home, at school, at work, while being active, or while driving. The good news is that injuries are often preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control website provides national resources and best practices for preventing injuries. Locally, the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and TriHealth’s Think First Injury Prevention Program offer resources and programs related to injury prevention.
Falls can lead to fractures, brain injuries, and can limit the independence of older adults. A Falls Risk Self-Assessment can be used to determine if an older adult individual is at risk of falling. Tips and resources geared to multiple audiences can be found on the Steady U Ohio and Hamilton County Fall Prevention Task Force websites.
The greatest danger to young children may be something that can’t be seen. It's lead. Lead poisoning hurts our body and can cause serious health problems. Homes built before 1978 may have lead paint. Learn how to safely remodel your home. Get your child tested. Call 1-877-LEAD-SAFE or visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning.