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Center for Childhood Safety

Helping Families Keep Children Safe

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. These tragic accidents may appear to be random and outside our control, but they tend to follow predictable patterns – and most are preventable.

The mission of the Center for Childhood Safety at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is:

The prevention of unintentional childhood injury through:

  • Health Education
  • Community Partnerships
  • Best Practice Interventions

Our projects are data driven based on local, state and national injury statistics and proven interventions.  The leading causes of fatal injury for children in our community are SIDS/suffocation, drowning and car crashes. The leading cause of injury hospitalization for children is falls, and Pierce County is home to the highest number of pediatric window falls in the state. Our team is committed to implementing proven strategies to prevent these and other dangerous injuries.  

Child safety services include:

  • Car Seat Inspections
  • Life Jacket Loaners
  • Health Education
  • Safety Consultations
  • Community Partnerships

Car Seat Inspections

Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of fatal injury for children and adolescents. Mary Bridge can ensure that your family is using child car safety seats and seat belts correctly to help prevent/reduce injury in a crash.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians offer free car seat safety inspections at the following locations:

Call the Mary Bridge Car Seat Help Line to ask your car seat questions or schedule an appointment, 253-403-1417.

Life Jackets for Loan

Drowning is a leading cause of fatal injury in Washington, particularly for toddlers/preschoolers and for teenagers.  In our area, many drownings occur in open water such as lakes, rivers, Puget Sound or the ocean. Ninety percent of those who drown were not wearing life jackets.

Mary Bridge and other locations offer free loaner life jackets for short-term use on a year-round basis.  For more information, call 253-403-1234.

Health Education

We provide child safety education through our safety brochures, displays, presentations / trainings, videos, news articles, website, blog posts, and social media. Call our Tacoma office at 253-403-1234 to ask your safety questions or:

  • Reserve a “Water Wise Kids Kit” – our preschool water safety curriculum
  • Borrow a display board with injury prevention messages for an event
  • Pick up child safety education materials to distribute
  • Ask about child safety training 

Safety Consultations

Our health educators have many years of experience in injury prevention, and are available to answer child safety questions for families, health care providers, social workers, etc.

You can call the Center for Childhood Safety at 253-403-1234, or our dedicated “Car Seat Help Line” at 253-403-1417

Community Partnerships

We are actively involved with a number of community organizations and coalitions, to help support and spread injury prevention messaging and safety devices throughout our community. 

  • Safe Kids Pierce County, Board Member
    • A local coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide, the first national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of accidental childhood injuries.
    • Recent projects include car seat inspections, booster seat distribution programs, low cost helmet and life jacket sales, life jacket loaner stations and International Walk to School Day events.
    • Our coalition hosts/coordinates the Washington Safety Summit each year, a continuing education opportunity for injury prevention professionals.
    • For more information call 253-403-KIDS (car seat event line) or visit the Safe Kids Pierce County website.
  • Pierce County Child Passenger Safety Team, Coordinator
  • Washington Safe Infant Sleep Coalition, Co-Chair 
  • Perinatal Collaborative of Pierce County, Cribs Committee  
  • Washington Drowning Prevention Network
  • West Region Window Falls Workgroup

Center for Childhood Safety Locations

Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
Safe and Sound Building
1112 S. 5th Street, Tacoma

Good Samaritan Hospital
Children’s Therapy Unit
402 15th Avenue S.E., Puyallup

MultiCare Auburn Urgent Care
202 Cross St. S.E. 
Auburn, Washington 98002

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