Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. 


Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that effect them for a lifetime. 


When a child dies or is seriously injured, the lives of families and entire communities are changed forever. But these tragedies don't have to happen. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries as that they are preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning. 

The Safe Kids program is in 23 countries around the world, with over 600 coalitions in the United States.


Since 1988, when Safe Kids was founded by Dr. Marty Eichelberger of the Children's National Medical Center with support form founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson, there has been a 55% decrease in the unintentional injury rate among children 19 years and younger. 


But losing one child is one too many, and we don't want any parent to endure the loss of a child. That's why we area calling on everyone to come together, to raise awareness, and to get involved so we can ensure that all children around the world have the chance to grow up healthy and safe, and do all the great things kids were meant to do. 

Safe Kids North Shore provides education to the residents of Grand Traverse and surrounding counties through a joint partnership between MSU Extension, MSU College of Human Medicine and Munson Healthcare Trauma Services. The coalition uses research-based curriculums provided by Safe Kids Worldwide to bring education opportunities to schools, health fairs, private office/agencies and other events open to the public. Some of our programs include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D (Diminish Distracted Driving)
  • Car Seat Safety Inspection Stations and Events
  • CHILL OUT for Winter Safety
  • In and Around Cares
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Home Safety
  • Poisoning Prevention

What is Risk Watch?


Risk Watch is the first comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools. Developed by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) with co-funding from the Lowe's Home Safety Council and in collaboration with a panel of respected safety and injury prevention experts, Risk Watch gives children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to create safer homes and communities. 


Risk Watch is a school-based curriculum that links teachers with community safety experts and parents. The curriculum is divided into five age-appropriate teaching modules (Pre-K/Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6 and Grades 7-8), each of which addresses the following topics: 

  • Fire and Burn Prevention
  • Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Falls Prevention
  • Firearm Injury Prevention
  • Water Safety
  • Bike and Pedestrian Safety
  • Choking, Strangulation and Suffocation Prevention
  • Poisoning Prevention
  • Winter Safety (locally)

​The Risk Watch program is intended to be a teacher facilitated program, complimenting the Michigan Model's safety objectives. The Risk Watch Coalition and Risk Experts are available to support those objectives, provide supplemental lessons and activites for the classroom and school community. 

The Kohl's 4-Season Safety program is focused on helping children participate in various sports and recreational activities safely. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Helmet fittings
  • Helmet trade-in events (bring your damaged helmet and trade for a new one)
  • Sports safety clinics
  • In-school sports safety programs
  • Coach clinics



Chill Out for Winter Safety is an award-winning program rooted in tragedy. When Tammie Budrow, program co-founder, lost her eight-year-old daughter to a downhill sledding accident, she decided to dedicate her time to an idea that had yet to be pursued: a winter safety program. Now, Chill Out is shared with hundreds of children and parents every year, with the goal of preventing more children to fall victim to preventable dangers. 



The program teaches kids to be smart and safe while having fun, using the simple concept of  

4 Things to Remember: 

  1. Dress for the weather
  2. Use proper gear and a helmet when doing something fast
  3. Take a buddy with you
  4. Always ask permission from an adult


Our proud Chill Out for Winter Safety program partners include MSU College of Human Medicine Traverse City Campus, Munson Healthcare Family Practice Residency, the US Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and the Grand Traverse County Road Commission. 

Winter safety tips from Beary Careful with the Chill Out Program
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Join Beary Careful as he learns how to be safe and have fun in the winter
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If you are interested in getting more information about how to implement this winter safety program in your area, contact SafeKids North Shore for customizable program materials. 

Jennifer Ritter

Grand Traverse Metro Fire Dept.

Fire & Life Safety Educator

Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor

Phone: 231-947-3000 ext 1234


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