Safe Kids Cascade County, which is led by the Cascade County Health Department, provides a dedicated and caring staff with operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops, and sports clinics that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. Coalition members include representatives from the school district, health care, law enforcement, businesses, and other community agencies.
The Safe Kids Cascade County Coalition, part of Buckle Up Montana, works to prevent unintentional injury and death. Although observed safety belt use in Montana is just under 80%, if between 87% and 94% of Montanans used seatbelts, it is estimated that an additional 20-30 lives would be saved each year. That number increases to 75 additional lives if seatbelt use were 100%. Increased seatbelt use results in fewer injuries and deaths.
By law, in Montana all children up to 6 years old and up to 60 pounds have to use a car seat or booster seat. Larger children should also be in boosters until they are around 4 ft. 9 in. tall. The Safe Kids Coalition may have car seats and booster seats available for free or reduced cost.
Cascade County Statistics – 2013
Total injuries- 445