Children's Hospital Colorado

Preventing Childhood Injuries

A man stands at the door of a minivan where a toddler is sitting in a car seat.

Why safety matters

Most parents are surprised to learn that preventable injuries are the leading cause of death and hospitalizations for kids in Colorado. If this week ends up being a typical week in Colorado, 1,152 children ages birth to 14 years old will sustain an injury serious enough to require care in the Emergency Department. Twenty-seven will be hospitalized. Tragically, one will die.

The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they’re preventable. They are not accidents. We can do things to stop them, things to make sure kids get the chance to be creative and play – the chance to fall down, and get back up.

Children's Hospital Colorado leads a variety of community-based approaches designed to keep our most vulnerable kids injury-free. Every effort is designed to allow your kid, and every Colorado kid, the chance to grow up, reach their potential and become whatever they can imagine.

Let's keep kids safe together

Learn what we're doing to help prevent injuries and what you can do at home and in the community to help keep kids safe.

Children’s Hospital Colorado partners with several community organizations and programs to help keep kids safe:

Safe Kids Denver Metro

The Safe Kids Denver Metro coalition utilizes a combination of education, research, advocacy and media to prevent accidental injury in children ages fourteen years and younger in the Denver metropolitan area.

Child Passenger Safety Program

Is your child's car seat installed correctly?  Know for sure. Call Children's Hospital Colorado Child Passenger Safety Program today to schedule a free car seat check: 720-777-4808. You can also email carseats@childrenscolorado.org. Appointments are available at Main CampusNorth Campus and South Campus locations.

Read one family’s story on the power of car seats.

Teen Driving Safety 

Children’s Colorado leads the Denver Metro Teen Drivers coalition with support from the Colorado Department of Transportation. As part of this grant, Children’s Colorado conducts teen driving outreach in Denver-area high schools to promote safe driving.  If you are interested in bringing this programming to your high school, email Susan Goldenstein at susan.goldenstein@childrenscolorado.org or call her at 720-777-4807.

Learn more about keeping teens safe behind the wheel

Our Safety Store

The Safety Store at Children’s Hospital Colorado is located at South Campus in Highlands Ranch. Staffed by safety experts, the store offers a variety of products to families to help keep kids safe.

Learn more

Vehicle Safety Tips

Child Abuse Services

Safety Organizations and Tips

Join the Child Health Champions network

Our advocacy efforts rely on the strength and action of Children's Hospital Colorado’s Grassroots Advocacy Network. This is a group of people who care about kids' health and well-being and want to make a difference.

More than four thousand people currently participate in the Network, which joins the voices of physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and families with business leaders and community members to speak up clearly and powerfully for kids when public policy decisions are made. Advocates write letters, make phone calls, and share information when needed to influence public policies. Learn how to join the network today!


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