Academic journal article Childhood Education

National SAFE KIDS Week, May 9-11

Academic journal article Childhood Education

National SAFE KIDS Week, May 9-11

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Unintentional injury is the leading killer of children 14 and under, and each day nearly 8,000 children are killed and 50,000 are permanently disabled by preventable injuries. In the face of these statistics and out of a concern for the safety of the world's children, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and Johnson & Johnson, the campaign's founder, are sponsoring National SAFE KIDS Week, May 8-14, 1994. The week is dedicated to making the public and Congress aware that childhood injury prevention saves children's lives and reduces health care costs.

Several of that week's events will help to raise awareness about child safety issues. The Safe Kids Summit will be held in Washington, DC, from May 9-11. Two children from each state and the District of Columbia who have been personally affected by unintentional injury will attend. The summit's 102 participants will have an opportunity to advocate injury prevention programs during meetings with their members of Congress. The centerpiece of the summit will be a Congressional hearing on May 10 in front of the Children, Family, Drugs and Alcoholism Subcommittee.

Other activities during the week include an hour-long special childhood injury prevention episode of "Rescue 911," to air May 10 on CBS, and a four-color National SAFE KIDS Campaign insert USA Today. …

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