Hello Florence Crittenton Family! Welcome to S.A.F.E., our blog, created to provide Safety, Advocacy, and Family Education in an accessible format here, and over on our social media, in an effort to serve this community and all of its wonderful young families. 

Today is National Injury Prevention Day! What better day to introduce our blog than on a day designated to raise awareness about the significance of injury, advocate for prevention, and promote pediatric safety? 

As part of our mission to provide hope, safety, and opportunity to the young women that we serve, we also want to connect young families to the resources and opportunities available to them. Through this blog, we also hope to acknowledge the hard work of our dedicated community partners eager to serve our community right alongside us and look forward to sharing their expertise with all of you here.

Each month we will share a monthly safety highlight where you will find professionals from our community sharing relevant tips and important safety information to keep children, teens, and their families safe, healthy, and injury-free. If you’re a parent or caregiver, or if you just want to further educate yourself to be a better resource for your loved ones, this is the place to be. 

Did you know that unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children ages 19 and under in the United States? This rate is higher than that of all diseases and illnesses combined. In South Carolina, injury and death rates continue to be higher than the national average, with one child dying every day. These tragic injuries and deaths could be prevented by taking the necessary safety precautions. 

On this National Injury Prevention Day, we encourage you to learn more about how to keep your family injury-free by visiting these great resources, and tune back in here for safety tips, prevention and advocacy information, and more.

Injury Free Coalition for Kids

Safe Kids Worldwide

Prevent Child Injury

National Highway Traffic Safety Association

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Charleston County Fire Department

MUSC Children’s Health: Injury Prevention Program