Many children are injured and even killed due to incidents occurring in the home; the place where they should be safest. The leading causes of deaths in the home include fires/burns, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning, and firearm injuries.

The Center for Childhood Injury Prevention staffs and implements the Kohl’s Safe at Home Program. This is a year-round infant safe sleep awareness, home safety, and water safety education program. The program teaches parents how to childproof their homes and identify potential drowning hazards that may cause injury to their children, as well as teach parents of infants less than 1 year old how to reduce their child's risk for infant death by providing a safe sleep environment for their babies. Water safety, childproofing, and safe sleep classes for parents, including teens are provided year round. If families qualify due to a financial need, distribution of childproofing devices and portable crib systems are provided to low-income families in need of safe sleep environments for their infants, through referrals from community partners. The Kohl’s Safe at Home program distributes approximately 1,000 Pack N’ Play systems each year. The Kohl’s Safe at Home program also offers presentations on home safety, childproofing and safe sleep practices to community-based organizations, health care providers and licensed child care providers to reinforce prevention behaviors and best practices outside the home, through trusted messengers. Throughout the year, staff is engaged in participating in health fairs, community events, and media outreach in targeted neighborhoods with diverse populations. By providing parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools needed to reinforce safety practices in the home, many injuries and deaths to young children can be prevented.

The Center for Childhood Injury Prevention is a registered Cribs for Kids partner.

Contact Information

Program Manager: Kristen Beckworth, MPH, CHES, CPST-I