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Violence and Injury Prevention Program

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    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1722 


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EMS for Children Sponsors “Visit and Read” Opportunity during EMS Week

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children is sponsoring a "Visit and Read" opportunity for agencies during EMS week this May.  As we will be going into the summer water fun season, we have chosen water safety and drown prevention as our focus. 

EMS for Children will provide books to donate to classes, and it is an excellent opportunity for local EMS to connect with schools in their areas. 

 We want to encourage local EMS agencies to go into schools and daycare settings and read to classes about water safety.  The book description is below:

Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim is a child's first guide to water safety. Written for children ages two through six, the book shows how to be safe near the water through the story of Stewie the Duck - a duck who wants to swim with the big ducks but is prevented from going into the water by his older sisters until he learns the water safety rules. This book received a National Water Safety Youth Education Award from the National Water Safety Congress and is used in water safety courses around the country. 

National Safe Kids Day is April 24

To celebrate National Safe Kids Day, the Injury Prevention Section will host a Safe Kids Day event in conjunction with the 7th Annual Safety Fair at the Tallahassee Governor’s Square Mall on Saturday, April 23 from 10-1 p.m. Activity booths promoting water, fire, car seat, home and sports safety will be exhibited. Safety activities with prizes will also be provided.

Find ways to keep children safe by visiting:


Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition Promotes Evening Pedestrian Safety

Did you know 75% of all fatal pedestrian and bicyclist crashes occur after dark? As part of its “Alert Tonight, Alive Tomorrow” initiative, the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition has developed guidelines to help agencies reduce fatalities resulting from night time pedestrian crashes.

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: Dec. 7-11, 2015

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 7–11, 2015, aims to promote understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation to ensuring older adults remain active in the community—shopping, working or volunteering—with the confidence that transportation will not be the barrier to strand them at home. Learn more by visiting:

Upcoming Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FIPAC) Conference Calls:

  • The FIPAC Goal Team 1 conference call is Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. (EST) Discussion will include Goal Team 1’s Action Plan for 2016.

 Join the conference call: 1 (888) 670-3525 toll-free; access code 6082454114

The FIPAC Goal Team 2 conference call is Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m. (EST) Discussion will include follow-up on distracted driving initiatives discussed during the November FIPAC meeting.

 Join the conference call: 1 (888) 670-3525 toll-free; access code: 6082454114

  • FIPAC’s Goal Team 2 will have another conference call on Thursday, December 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m. (EST). Discussion will include follow-up of FIPAC meeting child drowning prevention initiatives and appointment of new goal team leader. 

Join the conference call: 1 (888) 670-3525 toll-free; access code 6082454114

Driver Distractions Extend 27 Seconds Beyond Act

Potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after a driver dials, changes music or sends a text using voice commands, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The researchers discovered the residual effects of mental distraction while comparing new hands-free technologies in 10 2015 model-year vehicles and three types of smart phones. To see the full article, visit:

Many Kids Using Safety Belts Should Ride in Booster Seats

Deciding when to switch a child from a booster seat to an adult safety belt alone is still confusing for many parents. In a national online survey of 1,000 parents of booster-age children, 9 of 10 parents had moved their child out of a booster seat before they were big enough for belts. The Safe Kids Worldwide survey found 7 of 10 parents of children 4 to 10 years old didn't know that a child should be at least 4 feet 9 inches tall to ride in a car using a safety belt without a booster seat. To see the full article, visit:

December 16, 2015-January 1, 2016 is Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Materials are available through NHTSA at:

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

When it comes to toys and gifts, the excitement and desire to get your children their favorite toys may cause shoppers to forget about safety factors associated with them. Before you make these purchases, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys. Learn more at:

Injury Prevention Launches Water Watcher PSA’s

Injury Prevention Section has launched two PSA’s to educate and inform Floridians and visitors about the importance of water watchers while at the pool. To view the 30 second version, visit: The 46 second version can be found at:

The Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council Meetings are November 18-19, 2015

The Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FIPAC) will meet face-to-face on November 18-19, 2015 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746.

State Technical Assessment Team (STAT) Visits Department of Health

The Injury Prevention Section, in conjunction with the Safe States Alliance and the Centers for Disease Control Injury Center, conducted a State Technical Assessment Team (STAT) Visit in August.