Keeping Kids Safe

Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Texans under the age of 44. This includes injuries sustained from motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports, firearms, poisoning, acts of self-harm, fires and drownings.

All of these are preventable. These injuries often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning.

University Hospital leads the way in promoting child and adult safety through a variety of programs – all with the goal of preventing traumatic incidents. University Hospital’s Adult & Pediatric Injury Prevention Department offers resources and programs to the community in an effort to reduce the leading causes of injury in Bexar County.

Child safety seats and seat belts can prevent injuries and save lives when used consistently and correctly. However, even when a car seat or booster is used, misuse is persistent. Buckle Up! was developed to educate the public, provide families access to reduced cost car seats and to serve as the community’s child passenger safety resource. University Hospital’s certified car seat technicians teach parents and caregivers the basics of car seat safety through classes and car seat check appointments. The Buckle Up! program also provides quarterly community car seat check-up clinics, booster seat distribution events and support to local car seat technicians.

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To request help with your car seat, please call 210-358-4295 for our next available appointment.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. Leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies are completely preventable. University Hospital reminds the community to ‘Look Before You Lock’ to save your child’s life.

Most burns are preventable. Here are some tips on how to keep kids safe:

Fireproof your home:

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor and close to each bedroom. Test them monthly.
  • Have an escape plan, with input from all family members — old and young. Each room should have two escape routes. Decide on a place outside where everyone would meet in case of fire.

Cook with care:

  • Never leave food unattended on the stove.
  • Prepare hot foods completely out of reach of children, and don’t let them grab or prepare foods that can burn them on their own. And know that hot soups and ramen noodles are common causes of childhood burns in our community. Don’t let children eat hot foods from containers on their lap.

Check the temperature on your water heater:

  • Set the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Young children may not be able to get out of a bath that’s too hot.

As a local affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids San Antonio works to bring childhood injury prevention programs to South Texas. University Hospital cares about keeping kids safe. Safe Kids San Antonio hosts safety events, conducts workshops in schools, advocates for effective legislation and distributes safety devices such as car seats, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, helmets and personal floatation devices.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver. Shattered Dreams is a two-day, school-based program promoting responsible decision-making among high school students regarding underage drinking and driving after drinking or with a drinking driver. University Hospital supports area Shattered Dreams programs through participation in the mock crash, student retreat, parent retreat and mock memorial.

Contact the Adult & Pediatric Injury Prevention Department at or call 210-358-4295 for more information on these programs or to find out how you can get involved.

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