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Reducing Accidental Injuries

Safe Kids Inland Empire's Coalition focuses on reducing accidental injuries to children. We concentrate our efforts on several risk areas for children and specialize in providing safety prevention education on many of the following topics. Please contact MParker@llu.edu if you are interested in a presentation.

  • Water Safety
  • Poison Prevention
  • Fall Safety
  • Bike/Wheeled Sports/Helmet Safety
  • Fire/Scald/Burn Prevention
  • Safe Sleep for Infants
  • Heat Stroke Prevention
  • Never Leave Your Child Alone/In and Around Car Safety
  • Child Passenger/Car Seat Safety/Occupant Protection
  • Sports Safety
  • Home Safety
  • Furniture/TV Tip-Over Prevention
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Carbon Monoxide Safety
  • Choking/Strangulation Prevention
  • Button Battery Safety
  • Boating/Lifejacket Safety


Safe Kids Buckle Up Van

The Buckle Up van is available to be used by the community to hold a car seat check up event. The van is equipped to hold a check up event at your location. To request a check up event in your community, an event request form must be filled out 60 days prior to the event. For more information, you can contact Michelle Parker at (909) 558-8118 or email at mparker@llu.edu.

Child Passenger Safety

All children ages 12 and under should be properly restrained in a back seat on every ride. Choose and use correctly the right restraint for your child.

  • Infants should ride in rear-facing car seats as long as possible, until they are at least 2 years old. Keep children rear-facing to 30-35 pounds if your car seat allows.
  • Children who are at least 2 years old, weigh 20-40 pounds and can no longer ride rear-facing should ride in forward-facing car seats secured with harnesses.
  • Children more than 40 pounds should be correctly secured in belt-positioning booster seats or other appropriate child restraints until the adult lap and shoulder belts fit correctly (usually around age 8 OR when the child is about 4'9" tall). 

Any car seat must be installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions and vehicle owner's manual.
  • Check www.recalls.gov for car seat recalls. 
  • Return the product registration forms for all new car seats to the manufacturer to ensure you will be notified of any recalls.
  • Only use a seat with all parts, instructions, and labels.
  • Check www.nhtsa.dot.gov to see if a car seat that has been in a crash passes NHTSA's test for continued use.


Obey all traffic laws, including those for child restraint use.

  • All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child occupant protection laws, which vary widely in their age requirements, exemptions, enforcement procedures and penalties. Many sates have improved their laws to require some older children to ride in booster seats, and some require children of certain ages to ride in the rear seat of a motor vehicle. Click here to learn about current child passenger safety laws in California.