Lead Organization for Safe Kids Laramie County Coalition
The Safe Kids Laramie County Coalition is comprised of public, private and voluntary organizations united and committed to identify and significantly reduce unintentional deaths and injuries to the children of Wyoming. In 2000, the Cheyenne Regional Foundation, along with the Wyoming Department of Health, formally became a co-sponsor of Safe Kids Wyoming.
Our stated mission; “To reduce the number of unintentional injuries in children and adolescents in Wyoming.”
Safe Kids Laramie County implements a statewide social marketing campaign to raise awareness among parents and caregivers in Wyoming that unintentional injuries can be prevented. The CRMC Injury Prevention Department acts as the Wyoming State Coalition for Safe Kids Wyoming overseeing the activities and programs of the 17 coalitions and partners. Each location is unique in its combination of resources and events and issues that it promotes.
Bicycle Safety – children are properly fitted for bicycle helmets which are provided to them through events at local schools and events in the community by trained personnel.
Bike Rodeos – fun, interactive activities help children learn safe bicycle skills. Using a fully equipped trailer, the rodeos are available for use at schools, boy and girl scout troops, churches and at other community events.
Pedestrian Safety – children are taught street signs and their significance, techniques for safe street crossing and the importance of obeying pedestrian laws.
Child Passenger Safety – parents and guardians are taught proper installation of child restraint devices, state laws and best practice regarding transportation of minors by Certified Car Seat Technicians.
Special Needs Occupant Protection Program – promotes injury prevention and advocates for the safety and protection of all children with special needs and their families while riding in motor vehicles. Specialized trained hospital personnel are available for consults.
Fire Prevention – children are taught about preventing accidental fires and handling fire and smoke emergencies. Smoke detectors are distributed and made available at a cost.
Water Safety – children are taught safety rules, dangers in and around water and what to do in case of emergencies through role playing. Participate in the Southeast Florida Water Injury Prevention Coalition.
Violence Prevention – participate with other local agencies in addressing possible triggers and teach responsible and safe resolution to conflict.
Poison Prevention – educate parents and guardians to identify and properly store materials that may pose hazards to children, and others. Raise awareness of Poison Control hotlines and their role in preventing further injuries.
Sport Safety – support local coaches of sport organizations and schools by providing education to students regarding safety devices and their proper use while engaging in sports and physical activities.
Fall Prevention – identify possible dangers and promote prevention methods.
Health Fairs – provide volunteers, written materials, safety devises and injury prevention information to various agencies and community groups.
Keeping Kids Safe
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and the Wyoming Department of Health co-sponsor Safe Kids of Laramie County, a statewide program that strives to reduce the number of preventable illnesses and injuries affecting children. Parents and caregivers can register to have their child’s car seats inspected at no cost. To make an appointment, call (307) 432-2679.