for Jefferson County, OH
Bicycle Safety, Car Seat Program, Cribs,
Helmets, and More
The Jefferson County General Health District Promotes Bicycle Safety
Riding bicycles are a great way for children to stay active. However, it is important to remember that bicycles are vehicles, and to practice safe riding. For tips on how to practice better bike safety skills, visit the National Highway Traffic Administration’s site. A few quick tips include:
Always wear a helmet
Inspect tires, brakes, and handles
Use proper reflective gear or lights
Alert pedestrians when you are sharing the sidewalk or riding area
Practice Safe Bike Riding in Jefferson County
with Proper Helmet Fitting
Wearing a helmet is one of the most important aspects of bike safety. Follow the ABC steps provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics for safe bicycle riding:
• A is for Air. Do your tires have enough pressure?
• B is for Brakes. Do they stop your bike?
• C is for Cranks and Chains. Are they loose? Do they move smoothly?
Car Seat Program - Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB)
The Ohio Department of Health’s child passenger safety (CPS) program, OBB, provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible, low-income families in all Ohio counties. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of child safety seats for families who could not otherwise afford them, and to increase correct installation and proper use of child safety seats. Through the coordinated efforts of a network of local and regional CPS coordinators, the OBB program distributes child safety seats and booster seats and provides CPS education. Visit the Ohio Department of Health website to learn more about your area’s CPS coordinator.
Ohio Child Passenger Safety Law (Ohio Revised Code 4511.81):
As of Oct. 7, 2009, Ohio’s children are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats until they are eight years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall. Children less than four years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Children less than eight years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall must use a booster seat.
Children ages eight to 15 must use a child safety seat or seat belt.
Fines will range from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence.
Lean More About the
Cribs for Kids® Program
The Jefferson County General Health District is a partner of Cribs for Kids®. Cribs for Kids provides low-income families with cribs and education on safe sleeping environments for infants to help lower the chance of sudden infant deaths and other sleep-related deaths.
If your income is within 185% of the federal poverty guidelines, you may be eligible for a free Pack’ n’ Play through the Cribs for Kids program.
Ohio’s Child Fatality Review
The death of a child can be an indicator of the health of the community. While mortality data provide us with an overall picture of child deaths, it is from a careful study of each and every child’s death that we can learn how to best respond to a death and how to best prevent another. Recognizing the need to understand why children die, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill Number 448 (HB 448) in July 2000, mandating Child Fatality Review (CFR) Boards in each of Ohio’s counties (or regions) to review the deaths of children under 18 years of age.
• Promote cooperation, collaboration, and communication between all groups that serve families and children
• Maintain a database of all child deaths to develop an understanding of the causes and incidence of those deaths
• Recommend and develop plans for implementing local and program changes
• Advise the department of health of aggregate data, trends, and patterns found in child deaths