Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention


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Every year, unintentional injuries kill and disable more children than all other childhood diseases combined. Our goal is to reduce unintentional childhood injury.

Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent. The Injury Prevention Program provides resources to help reduce the risk of falling. 

There are five focus areas of the Injury Prevention Program at Coconino County.

Safe To Sleep bannerChild Passenger Safety Banner
Bike Pedestrian Safety bannerSafety Begins At Home
Senior Fall PreventionSledding Safety


Safe To Sleep Subject Banner

ABC blocks graphic
Babies should sleep...          
A | Alone in a crib, free of blankets, stuffed animals, other children, or objects.
B | On their backs. Stomach and side sleeping increase the risk of death.
C | In a crib. Babies should not sleep in their car seats, recliners, swings, soft surfaces, bouncy swings, or on a sofa.

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Family Tips         
Room sharing in encouraged. Bed sharing is not.
Use a sleep sack if you are worried about keeping baby warm at night.

Do you need a safe sleep space for your baby? Call to see if you qualify for a free Pack 'n Play at (928) 679-7275.

Resources

Child Passenger Safety Subject Banner

Watch the videos below to see a Forward-Facing and Rear-Facing car seat inspection.

  • Do you need a car seat?
  • Did you receive a ticket for not having a child seat?
    • Email us at injuryprevention@coconino.az.gov or call us at (928) 679-7261
    • Are you enrolled or plan to enroll in our Children are Priceless Passengers (CAPP) class? If so you may pay the feel online here.
Car seat graphicTips for parents                  
  • Children should remain rear-facing until they reach the maximum height/weight limit of their car seat
  • If using the LATCH system in a vehicle, read your owners manual for the weight limit. Remember, the weight is both the child and the weight of the car seat combined. If over the vehicle limit, you must use the seat belt system.
  • 9 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly. If you have concerns, please schedule an appointment for a car seat check at injuryprevention@coconino.az.gov or (928) 679-7261.
  • Children should remain in a car seat or booster until they reach age 8 AND 4’ 9” tall. Perform the seat belt test to determine if they are ready to begin using the vehicle seat belt found at safekids.org.

Car Seat Recycling

Tired and retired car seats can be dropped off at Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS), 2625 N King St, Flagstaff or at a scheduled car seat recycling event. Events are scheduled twice a year. 

Tired and retired car seats can be left at the loading dock at the rear of the CCHHS King Street office.

Please send an email to injuryprevention@coconino.az.gov with any questions or comments.

Bike and Pedestrian Safety Subject Banner

Bike safety graphicBiking rules of the road              
  • Ride on the right or in the same direction as vehicles
  • Follow the same rules as vehicles (stop at stop signs, speeds, etc.)
  • Riding on the sidewalks downtown is prohibited
  • Ride in the bike lane or right side of the road unless changing lanes or passing objects/vehicles
  • Be careful of the “door zone”
  • Use hand signals so vehicle and other bicyclists know your intentions
  • Be predictable when riding; do not swerve in and out of parked cars
  • Children should ride with their parents until the age of 9
  • If riding on sidewalks, pay close attention to driveways and intersections
Color ABC graphicABC Quick Check              
A = Air | Make sure tires have enough air and are free of cracks or holes
B = Brakes | Make sure your brakes are working properly) squeeze them to test
C = Chain/crank | Make sure chain flows smoothly to prevent issues while riding
Quick = Make sure the quick release levers are pushed in and not sticking out
Check = Give your bike a once over to make sure everything looks in order

Pedestrian grapicPedestrian Safety              
  • Walk on the sidewalk if possible
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic
  • The safest place to cross the street is at an intersection
  • Pay attention to cars pulling in and out of driveways
  • Children should walk with a responsible adult until age 9

Resources

Safety Begins At Home Subject Banner

Home graphicHousehold Safety
  • Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. This includes: laundry detergent, household cleaners, bleach, and liquid detergent.
  • Store poisonous products out of children’s sight and reach, or behind a locked door. This can include: pesticides, plants, medicines, makeup, personal care products, lead, art supplies, alcohol, etc.
  • Call the poison control hotline for any questions/concerns about poison ingestion or bites/stings, for children and pets at 800-222-1222.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in the house, especially near sleeping areas. Do not use a grill or camping stove inside the home or near a window. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause injury or death.
  • Keep small electronics that use button batteries out of reach of children. This includes: remotes, car key fobs, watches, etc. Button batteries, if ingested by children or pets, can burn holes in the esophagus and cause death. Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline if you have questions at 800-498-8666.
  • Protect your kids from burns and scalds from hot liquids, steam, or electrical appliances. Check the bath water temperature with your wrist or elbow before giving baby a bath. Do not leave children unsupervised around bathwater, kitchen or electrical outlets.
  • To prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Unplug and safely store irons, flat irons and other appliances that might be hot to the touch.
  • Talk to your kids about medicine safety. Be alert to medicines from visitors or grandparents. Put medicines out of reach after every use. Use the proper dose of medications, as directed on the box or by your physician. Never refer to medicines as “candy.”

Contact Us

Phone: (928) 679-7275
Toll Free: (877) 679-7261



Southern Region Office
2625 N King St
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Northern Region Office
467 Vista Ave
Page, AZ 86040


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