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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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