Injury Prevention

The Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention (CAIP) program is a part of the Bureau of Child Health.  The goal of the program is to lower the number of injury related deaths and disability for children in Howard County. This is done by looking at the causes of intentional and unintentional injuries in children and starting prevention programs.

Programs

Cribs for Kids Program - The Health Department manages this program in partnership with national Cribs for Kids. The program provides a free portable crib to families that are in need, as well as providing education about a safe sleep environment.  There is no cost for the program, but a referral is required.
Kids in Safety Seat Program - This program in partnership with Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) and Howard County Safe Kids Coalition provides a new, low-cost car seat to families who are income-eligible and provides education about car seat safety and installation.  There is a $35 fee for the program and a referral is required.
Lead Poison Prevention
Howard County Child Fatality Review Team 

Learn more about how you can prevent child injury
Burns
Falls
Poisoning
Road Traffic Injuries
Sports Injuries
Playground Safety
Drowning Prevention

 

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Sun Safety
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, making it the most common of all cancers in the United States. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented! Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is responsible for about 75% of all deaths.  In Howard County, the Melanoma incidence rate is higher (25.8) than both state (20.8) and national (19.9) rates.*  Melanoma is mostly caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation –an invisible form of radiation that comes from the sun, as well as man-made sources like tanning beds. A child’s skin is especially vulnerable to UV radiation during the first ten years of life. Therefore, experts suggest protection against the sun as the most effective method for preventing skin cancer.

Remember these tips to protect yourself from harmful UV rays and for safe fun in the sun:
 - Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10:00am to 4:00pm). It’s best to plan indoor activities during this time.
 - Use sunscreen that is SPF 15+ and apply it to any exposed skin  at least 15 minutes before sun exposure
 - Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off
 - Wear loose fitting, tightly woven clothing to block the sunlight from your arms and legs
 - Wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV protective sunglasses to protect your face, neck, ears, and eyes from the sun

For more information about skin cancer prevention, visit the CDC website:
Sun Safety Tips for Men
Sun Safety
How Can I Protect My Children From the Sun
Indoor Tanning Is Not Safe

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*Data Source: State Cancer Profiles, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

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