Nov 092015


SRP Crosscut Canal

SRP Crosscut Canal

Safe Kids Maricopa County and SRP remind you to stay safe around canals.

November is a great time for outdoor activities in Arizona. Whether its family outings or another day of daily exercise, Safe Kids Maricopa County wants you and your families to stay safe.

If you are going to walk, jog or bike along the canals, be sure you know how to do so safely. Canals can be very dangerous, so please follow these tips from SRP Safety Connection™:

  • Keep a safe distance from the edge of the canals and the automated equipment at water delivery gates.
  • Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and tubing are not allowed in the canals.
  • Never jump in to rescue pets or objects such as toys. Call 911 for help.

Like the Safe Kids Maricopa County Facebook page for additional safety tips. For more water safety information visit

Jul 312015

July 31 is
National Heatstroke Prevention Day.
By Acting Fast You Can Save a Young Life.

The Problem
Every 10 days, a child dies from heatstroke after being left alone in a hot vehicle. This occurs when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough and the body temperature rises to dangerous levels. But these deaths are preventable.
What You Can Do
Safe Kids Worldwide and NHTSA are asking you to help us raise awareness about the dangers of kids and cars through a concerted day-long social media conversation. We are reaching out to our safety partners to tweet and post on Facebook every hour on the hour starting at 7 a.m. EST using the hashtag #heatstroke.
As the summer temperatures rise, the dangers for kids left in hot vehicles increases exponentially.

Please join us in helping keep kids safe from heatstroke.
July 31 is
National Heatstroke Prevention Day.
By Acting Fast You Can Save a Young Life.
Join Us for a Day of
Social Media Conversation

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instgram

~Safe Kids Maricopa County

Jul 292015

Safe Kids Maricopa County is please to announce a new initiative with a strong community advocate. Larry H Miller is gearing up with Safe Kids Coalitions in the state of Arizona to keep children traveling safely during National Child Passenger Safety Month (September). Their dealerships will host car seat safety check events- five in total- at a different Larry H Miller location and will be a hub for car seat education throughout the month of September. Safe Kids Maricopa County and Safe Kids Tuscon will have certified car seat technicians, educational material and other resources for families at events hosted by several Larry H Miller dealership. Please see our September 2015 event calendar for more details.


Keep those kiddos buckled up! Every ride, every time!!

Jul 292015

In what will hopefully become a template for other states, Texas has passed a law that requires hospitals to educate parents and caregivers of newborns about the dangers of heatstroke.  See and .  The law goes into effect on September 1st.

Jan Null, CCM
San Jose State University

Jul 242015

Child passenger safety tips and education

In Arizona, motor vehicle collisions are the most common cause of preventable deaths of children. Using the appropriate car seat drastically reduces a child’s risk of injury or death.

car seat

Get details on the four steps of child passenger safety:

  1. Rear-facing car seats
  2. Forward-facing car seats
  3. Booster seats
  4. Seat belts 

Kids Ride Safe Program

The Ride Safe Program reaches out to parents about the importance and correct use of car seats, booster seats and restraints. Phoenix Children’s partners with “Safe Kids,” as well as local fire and police departments to host community car seat checks. Our trained technicians check car seat installations, train parents and, in some cases, distribute donated car seats.

Jul 202015

It has been quite a while, but SKMC is committed to keeping this website up tp date and with fresh content! We plan a new “launch” in August. Thank you for your patience, and please come back to visit us in August!


~Safe Kids Maricopa County Executive Board

Aug 012014

On Thursday July 24, 2014, Safe Kids Maricopa had another great press conference as part of our Zero In On Water Safety press conference series. This time, the topic of discussion was at-home pools and barriers. We held the press conference at Rondo Pools in Phoenix where Kelly Liebermann from Phoenix Fire Department showed us an example of an awesome pool barrier that anyone with a child should consider installing.

This particular pool gate has a feature that all parents will love! When the gate opens, an alarm sounds to alert anyone outside in the backyard and the alarm is loud enough that it can be heard from indoors as well. With that alarm feature, you will always know when the pool gate has been opened so you know if your child has entered the inside of the pool area without your permission or prior knowledge.

Thank you to Phoenix Fire Department, Rondo Pools, and everyone who attended the press conference to help keep kids safe in and around water!

Kelly Leibermann being filmed as he talks about the benefit of a pool gate with an alarm setting

Kelly Liebermann being filmed as he talks about the benefit of a pool gate with an alarm setting

Jul 232014

During the month of July, Safe Kids Maricopa County is holding Zero In on Water Safety press conferences to bring awareness to and educate about the various components of keeping kids safe in and around water. Our most recent press conference was held at Maryvale Pool in Phoenix. We partnered up with SRP and the Phoenix Fire Department to show what drowning really looks like. Speakers at the press conference included Counsilman Daniel Valenzuela, Kelly Liebermann from Phoenix Fire Department, and Becky Heulett from City of Phoenix Aquatics. Most people would assume that when a child is drowning, they will be splashing in the water and yelling for help. In reality, drowning is so much different than that and it is of utmost importance to be able to identify drowning when it is happening.

A few lifeguards from Maryvale Pool excellently portrayed what drowning really looks like. There was very little flailing in the water, very little splashing, and no yelling. A child who is drowning is too focused on gasping for air to waste their breathe on screaming. Drowning can look like a head bobbing in and out of the water. The child will look like they are just trying to stay on the surface of the water to breathe and using thir arms to bring their body out of the water. In an instance where a child may be at the bottom of the pool, they may not even be visible. One of the lifegaurds sat at the bottom of the pool while two other lifeguards swam over him, showing that a child at the bottom of the pool is not visible to the naked eye. They practically disappear once they hit a certain depth. When other children are swimming over that child drowing in the water it is like one would not even know that while some kids are having fun, another is losing their life.

Drowning is a huge problem in Arizona. Educating yourself on how to spot a child drowning can and will make a difference and save lives.

*A video of the press conference is soon to come.

From the left: Becky Heulett, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Kelly Leibermann

From the left: Becky Heulett, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Kelly Liebermann


Mar 052014

 Safe Kids Maricopa is passionate about decreasing the drowning rates in Arizona. The Phoenix area has suffered two fatalities and a non-fatal drowning involving children under the age of 5.  This is distressing as each water-related incident for both adults and children are preventable, according to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. 

Unfortunately, the Journal of Pediatrics reports that more than 1000 children drown each year in the United States. And those that survive often suffer severe and long-term disabilities. 

This winter has been unusually warm doors are open and children want to be outside, in all three of these cases there was no pool fence or an improperly maintained fence.  Safe Kids Maricopa wants everyone to know that there are many layers to protecting our children in and around water one of which is…

 Block:  Block access to water.  Put an approved barrier around or over the pool and maintain it.  Use a safety cover on the spa.  Empty anything that holds water, like buckets, or move it so children do not have unattended access to it.  Shut the door to bathrooms. Ensure drain covers on pools and spas are in good condition.

The other layers of protection include…..

 Watch: When in or near water, children must be supervised.  This means that the caregiver’s eyes are on the child and not distracted by yard work, cooking or even just enjoying a magazine. Use life jackets in the pool or on open water – especially if the individual doesn’t know how to swim.  If a child is not expected to be around water but goes missing, check every water hazard before looking anywhere else.  Precious moments lost can mean the difference between life and death.

 Learn:  Adults and children must know how to swim. Water awareness classes can begin as early as 9 months old.  Classes will not drown-proof anyone, but it is another layer of protection.  Caregivers must also understand how to do CPR. Getting oxygen to the brain as quickly as possible has proven to improve survivability in drowning victims.


Tracey Fejt RN

Injury Prevention Coordinator

Banner Children’s

Feb 272014

March is right around the corner. Let’s talk brain injury awareness and prevention.


Did you know? March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.


Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) were the cause of death for 1,317 Arizona residents in 2011. For every TBI-related death in Arizona in 2011, there were:

5 Non-fatal inpatient hospitalizations and

36 Non-fatal emergency department visits,

Resulting in over $692.4 million in hospital charges.


We are so excited to partner with Brain Injury Alliance of AZ, HealthSouth Valley of the Sun, and ResCare HomeCare in this community awareness event for brain Injury! Come join us on March 30th at 2pm!   All are encouraged to come and participate.  We all will be joining hands for awareness. It’s that easy. Professionals, families, and survivors are all encouraged to participate.  The park is accessible with amenities for all. We are in a park, so there is a playground next to our event for the little supporters with 2 and 4 legs. We will have a guest speaker survivor; Jason Taylor prior to joining our circle of hands.  Attached are the details and an area map.  Off Central, you will turn right on Farrington and follow the drive to the Ramada area by the lake. We will also have signs to assist you to the correct destination.  Please don’t hesitate to call me with your questions.


Brain Injury Alliance of AZ will provide the purple t-shirts at the event for a small donation $10.  Or if you already have the purple t-shirt, please wear it.  Please call the Brain Injury Alliance of AZ for the purple shirt information 602 508-8024. We will all have our picture taken to show our solidarity and support for those affected by brain injury.  There will be giveaways, light snacks, water and resources for the community.

No reservations required.

Place March 30th on your calendars and come enjoy this special event and great AZ weather!


Please pass on, post and place on social media and send to all who can come and join us in support of Brain Injury Awareness Month!

Let’s do this together.


Thank you,




Sonja Smith, MSW

Outreach Program Manager

Injury Prevention

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Trauma and Emergency Services

925 East McDowell Rd, 3rd floor

602 839 0646; direct line