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Injury Prevention Program

Injury Prevention Program

Find education and resources for children’s trauma and injury prevention. 

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Pediatric Trauma

717-531-8342

Injury Prevention

717-531-SAFE

Injury Prevention

As leaders in pediatric trauma care, we want to prevent injuries from happening in the first place. Our Injury Prevention Program provides community education, equipment and resources to help reduce the number and severity of injuries that may occur.

Our goal is to educate the public about risks for injury, and to provide equipment and resources for underserved families in the region. We teach children and families how to be safe at home, at play and on the go.

Contact Information

Penn State Children's Hospital
Pediatric Injury Prevention Program, H113
600 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 717-531-SAFE (7233)
Fax: 717-531-3784

Car seat safety

We can help you learn about installing car seats safely.

Before installing any car seat, please check your car seat and vehicle owner’s manuals.

Properly installing a rear facing infant car seat - Penn State Children's Hospital

Properly installing a forward facing car seat for children - Penn State Children's Hospital

Properly installing a vehicle booster seat for a child - Penn State Children's Hospital

Child safety seat inspection stations

Local data shows that about 80% of child restraints or car seats are not properly installed. A correctly installed child restraint can greatly reduce the risk of injury, or even death, in a car crash. The Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Injury Prevention Program operates three permanent inspection stations, which offer appointments once a week on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. 

To make an appointment, please call 717-531-SAFE (7233).

Actualities of Shannon DePatto, a health educator with the Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at Penn State Children's Hospital, talking about Nuna's donation of 390 infant car seats to the program.

Penn State Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Dauphin County Coalition is comprised of organizations in and around Dauphin County that are committed to improving the welfare and safety of children in our community. The members and partners of the Safe Kids Dauphin County Coalition include: 

Coalition mission and goals

The mission of Penn State Injury Prevention Program and the Safe Kids Dauphin County Coalition is to promote the prevention of childhood injuries through education, networking and advocacy.

Our goals are to:

  • Work with community partners to reduce the risk of injury to children in central Pennsylvania
  • Educate parents and caregivers to provide a safe environment for children
  • Increase community awareness that injuries can be prevented
  • Work for changes in laws, policies and products to decrease causes of injuries

Get Involved

Donate

The work of the Penn State Pediatric Injury Prevention Program is funded by two non-profit organizations:

Donations from the Dauphin County community help us provide child restraints to local low-income families who otherwise might not travel safely in a car. Please consider making a donation to help us continue our important work.

Make checks payable to: PSU/Injury Prevention Program

Donations may be sent directly to:

Penn State Pediatric Injury Prevention Program
600 University Drive, H113
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033

Schedule an educational safety event for your school or community event. We can do presentations on a variety of safety and injury prevention topics.

For more information, call the Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Injury Prevention Program at 717-531-SAFE (7233).

Cribs for Kids Program

Penn State Children's Hospital Pediatric Injury Prevention Program is a Cribs for Kids site. This program educates parents and caregivers about safe sleep practices and ensures that babies have a safe place to sleep. 

For more education and information about safe sleep, please visit the National Institutes of Health Back to Sleep website.

Bike and sports safety

A bike helmet is an essential part of bike riding and should be worn every time you ride your bike. Need to buy a bike helmet? Need help properly fitting your helmet? Stop by our Penn State Children's Hospital Safety Center for a helmet fitting. Bike helmets are also available to purchase for $15. For more information, please contact us at 531-SAFE (7233).

Other bike and sports safety tips:

Cub Scout Automotive Safety Patch

Safe Kids Buckle Up and Chevrolet have teamed up with the Boy Scouts of America to teach Cub Scouts and their parents and caregivers about safety in and around cars.

These hands-on educational activities are held at Chevrolet dealerships to teach families and children about being safe inside and outside of moving and parked vehicles. After the Scouts successfully complete all of the educational stations, they are presented with their Automotive Safety Patch.

Teen Driver Program

The Teen Driver Program is for drivers ages 16-19 who have had a traffic violation and have been referred to the program by the District Justice. The 4-hour class provides:

  • An overview of biomechanics
  • Risk factors and common injuries associated with vehicle crashes
  • A hands-on look at the medical care and aftermath following a serious collision

The $50 course fee must be paid before starting the program. Sign up for the next available class: 717-531-3885.

Safe Sitter Program

The Safe Sitter Program teaches 11- to 13-year-olds the essential skills for safe and successful babysitting. Each student will learn:

  • What to do if a child chokes
  • How to call for emergency help
  • Babysitting business skills
  • Basic childcare skills
  • Safety for the sitter
  • How to entertain children and keep them safe

The one-day Safe Sitter course is offered periodically according to interest. The $35 registration fee includes the course, materials, completion certificate and lunch.

We typically hold 2-3 classes per year. For more information, or to sign up for the next class, contact the Injury Prevention Program at 717-531-SAFE (7233).

General injury prevention

Motor vehicle and child passenger safety

Pedestrian safety

Home safety

Water and boating safety

Poison

Bicycle and wheeled sports

Sports

Fire and burn prevention

Consumer safety and product recalls

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