Feb 082016


Safe Kids Maricopa County wants to remind you to recycle your old, unwanted TVs.  According to Safe Kids Worldwide, TV safety, which often isn’t a top priority for families, is an important part of home safety and childproofing. If not properly secured, heavier CRT televisions can tip over and harm small children. In fact, every three weeks in the U.S. a child dies from a TV tipping over.  Visit Safe Kids Worldwide to learn more.

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 srpnet.com/safety.

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  http://www.ktre.com/story/29466407/texas-law-requires-hospitals-educate-parents-on-dangers-of-heatstroke and  http://www.pediatricsafety.net/2015/07/texas-new-child-vehicular-heatstroke-law-what-it-means-to-me/ .  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