Ohio AAP Injury Prevention Family Resources

Thank you for visiting the Ohio AAP for more information on keeping the children in your life safe and healthy!

These Safety and Injury Prevention Resources are recommended for you by physicians at the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Statewide resources are provided first, followed by local resources by county whenever possible below.

Additional county information may be found at the Ohio AIRS website by clicking here.

Statewide Resources
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Topic Resource Suggestions from Ohio AAP physicians
Alcohol and Substance Abuse National Institute on Drug Addiction – 301-443-1124

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment – 1-800-662-HELP

As a parent, you have a major impact on your child’s health. If you are impaired due to drugs and alcohol, you will not be able to care for your child as readily and effectively as they need. Also, there is an increased risk of child death with caregivers that have problems with drugs and/or alcohol.
Burn Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fire and burns are common in young children. Never carry or handle hot liquids or foods while holding your child, especially coming from the microwave or stove.
Car Seat Safety Car Seat Inspection

Finding the Right Car Seat

3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. You should have your car seat installation checked by a car seat technician/specialist. An infant carrier or car seat should be used to secure your baby EVERY time they ride in a moving vehicle. All children less than 2 years of age should be rear facing in the back seat of the car, and older children should use a booster seat.
Childcare Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Click on “Child Care” (the last option on the top menu row) It is important to have a safe, trusted resources for childcare. There are many options to help find child care for Ohio families.
Choking Safe Kids Worldwide Young children should not play with small objects such as coins, beads, batteries or nuts. If it fits inside a toilet paper roll, it’s too small.
Difficulty Parenting National Parent Helpline – 1-855-4A-PARENT We all experience stress in our lives and need to learn how to handle it. Stress is part of parenting – kids are a big responsibility. Kids learn how to deal with stress by watching you – learning to handle stress helps you and your family. Don’t lose your cool, take a few moments to cool down, and get help.
Domestic Violence Ohio Domestic Violence Network – 1-800-934-9840 There is a strong relationship between domestic violence and child abuse. If you do not feel safe with your partner, protect yourself and your baby by telling someone and seeking available resources in your community.
Drowning Prevention American Academy of Pediatrics Drowning can occur quickly and in as little as 2 inches of water. Never leave your baby alone or with siblings in the bath or near any water, such as buckets or toilets.
Expressions of Anger American Academy of Pediatrics – Search “Parenting your infant” Expressions of anger, such as raising a clenched fist or yelling at your baby, can serve as a warning to others about unhappiness and anger. If you start to feel frustrated, lay the baby in the crib and take a break, or ask another adult to help. Never scream or shake your baby when you are frustrated.
Fire and CO2 Alarms

 

American Academy of Pediatrics – Search “Fire Safety” Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the house, with at least 1 per each level of the house, especially near sleeping areas. Every house should have Carbon monoxide detectors, especially near gas sources.
Firearm Safety Ohio Chapter, AAP – 614-846-6258

Project Child Safe

Keep guns in the home locked away and stored in a location away from the ammunition. Gun safes act as a barrier so your child can’t reach the gun. Even without guns in the home, talk to your children about gun safety, because they may be in another home where there is a gun.
First Aid American Red Cross – 1 (800) 733-2767 All caregivers should know CPR, spend time with your child prior to being left alone with them, and know important contacts and resources in case there is a problem. Drowning can occur quickly and in as little as 2 inches of water. Never leave your baby alone or with siblings in the bath or near any water, such as buckets or toilets.
Food Insecurity Ohio Chapter, AAP 

ODE Summer Meal Program Locator – 1-866-3-HUNGRY

It’s scary when you don’t think there’s enough food for your family, and this happens to many families. Local resources are available to help you get the food you need now and connect with long term resources.
Furniture Tip Overs CPSC Large pieces of furniture such as flat scree TVs, book shelves and dressers should be mounted to the wall since they can tip easily.
Home Safety Tips Safe Kids Worldwide – 614-645-6138

Make Safe Happen App

Even safe homes may have potential risks for small children. Learn more about how to keep you child safe at home, including around stairs, large furniture, water, and risks for burns or choking.
Housing Apprisen Counseling Services – 1-800-355-2227 Even with good intentions and a written spending plan, you can experience overwhelming financial problems. Assistance is available to help pay back debt and plan for the future.
Jobs and Employment Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Click on “Job Services” (the first option on the top menu row) There are many options to help find a way to provide financial support for families. Ohio has local OhioMeansJobs Centers that assist job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.
Maternal Depression Help Me Grow

POEM – 614-221-1441

If you are feeling depressed or hopeless, it may be a sign of a larger problem. Some mothers feel depressed and overwhelmed after giving birth and while raising young children. Resources are available that can help.
Poison Control American Association of Poison Control Centers – 1-800-222-1222 Have the phone number for the local poison control by your home phone, or programmed into your cell phone in case of emergencies. Always keep medications and chemicals locked up and our of your child’s reach. Some medications or products can harm a child in very small amounts.
Safe Sleep Ohio Chapter, AAP

Cribs for Kids – 1-888-721-CRIB

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed. A child needs their own bed or sleep space to keep them safe and to develop healthy sleep habits. Sleeping with your baby puts them at risk for injury or suffocation.
Smoking Smoke Free Besides the risk of potential fires, smoking in the home can be especially harmful to your children’s health because their lungs still are developing. Children exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of SIDS, a risk of more health problems including ear infections, colds, and respiratory problems, especially asthma, and they may miss more school days. Learn about how to stop smoking for your families’ health.
Stair Safety Child Injury Prevention Alliance Use wall mounted gates at the top of stairs and pressure mounted or wall mounted gates at the bottom of the stairs. Gates should be used on all flights of stairs in the home.
Franklin County Resources
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Topic Resource Suggestions from Ohio AAP physicians
Alcohol and Substance Abuse ADAMH Board of Franklin County –  (614) 224-1057 As a parent, you have a major impact on your child’s health. If you are impaired due to drugs and alcohol, you will not be able to care for your child as readily and effectively as they need. Also, there is an increased risk of child death with caregivers that have problems with drugs and/or alcohol.
Car Seat Safety Columbus Public Health – (614) 645-7748

Westerville Fire Division – (614) 901-6889

Safe Kids Central Ohio – (614) 645-6138

3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. You should have your car seat installation checked by a car seat technician/specialist. An infant carrier or car seat should be used to secure your baby EVERY time they ride in a moving vehicle. All children less than 2 years of age should be rear facing in the back seat of the car, and older children should use a booster seat.
Childcare Resources CAP4Kids It is important to have a safe, trusted resources for childcare. There are many options to help find child care for Ohio families.
Domestic Violence Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence – (614) 224-4663

The Center for Family Safety and Healing – 1-844-234-LINE

There is a strong relationship between domestic violence and child abuse. If you do not feel safe with your partner, protect yourself and your baby by telling someone and seeking available resources in your community.
Fire and CO2 Alarms

 

Columbus Division of Fire – (614) 724-0935

Westerville Fire Department – (614) 901-6600

Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the house, with at least 1 per each level of the house, especially near sleeping areas. Every house should have Carbon monoxide detectors, especially near gas sources.
Food Insecurity Warm Westerville – 614-899-0196 It’s scary when you don’t think there’s enough food for your family, and this happens to many families. Local resources are available to help you get the food you need now and connect with long term resources.
Housing Resources CAP4Kids Even with good intentions and a written spending plan, you can experience overwhelming financial problems. Assistance is available to help pay back debt and plan for the future.
Job Resources CAP4Kids There are many options to help find a way to provide financial support for families. Ohio has local OhioMeansJobs Centers that assist job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.
Cuyahoga County Resources
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Topic Resource Suggestions from Ohio AAP physicians
Alcohol and Substance Abuse ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County – (216) 241-3400

Cuyahoga County Family & Children First Council

– (216) 698-2875

Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative

– (216) 241-3400

As a parent, you have a major impact on your child’s health. If you are impaired due to drugs and alcohol, you will not be able to care for your child as readily and effectively as they need. Also, there is an increased risk of child death with caregivers that have problems with drugs and/or alcohol.
Car Seat Safety UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (By appointment only) – 216-844-2277 and press 6

Lake County General Health District
Weekdays by appt. – 440-350-2879

3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. You should have your car seat installation checked by a car seat technician/specialist. An infant carrier or car seat should be used to secure your baby EVERY time they ride in a moving vehicle. All children less than 2 years of age should be rear facing in the back seat of the car, and older children should use a booster seat.
Childcare Resources Cuyahoga County JFS – (216) 416-4440 It is important to have a safe, trusted resources for childcare. There are many options to help find child care for Ohio families.
Domestic Violence Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center – 24 Hour Helpline – 216-391-HELP(4357) There is a strong relationship between domestic violence and child abuse. If you do not feel safe with your partner, protect yourself and your baby by telling someone and seeking available resources in your community.
Fire and CO2 Alarms Northeast Red Cross – 216-431-3010 Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the house, with at least 1 per each level of the house, especially near sleeping areas. Every house should have Carbon monoxide detectors, especially near gas sources.
Food Insecurity

Harvest For Hunger – (216) 436-2200

 

Greater Cleveland Food Bank – 216-738-2265

It’s scary when you don’t think there’s enough food for your family, and this happens to many families. Local resources are available to help you get the food you need now and connect with long term resources.
Housing Resources Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority – (216) 348-5000 Even with good intentions and a written spending plan, you can experience overwhelming financial problems. Assistance is available to help pay back debt and plan for the future.
Job Resources Cuyahoga County JFS – (216) 987-6578 There are many options to help find a way to provide financial support for families. Ohio has local OhioMeansJobs Centers that assist job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.
Medina County Resources
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Topic Resource Suggestions from Ohio AAP physicians
Alcohol and Substance Abuse ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County – (216) 241-3400

Cuyahoga County Family & Children First Council – (216) 698-2875

Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative– (216) 241-3400

As a parent, you have a major impact on your child’s health. If you are impaired due to drugs and alcohol, you will not be able to care for your child as readily and effectively as they need. Also, there is an increased risk of child death with caregivers that have problems with drugs and/or alcohol.
Car Seat Safety Seven Hills Fire Station (By appointment only) – (216) 524-3321

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (By appointment only) – 216-844-2277 and press 6

Medina County Health Department
(By appointment only) – 888-723-9688

Mentor Police Department (By appointment only) – 440-974-5760

3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. You should have your car seat installation checked by a car seat technician/specialist. An infant carrier or car seat should be used to secure your baby EVERY time they ride in a moving vehicle. All children less than 2 years of age should be rear facing in the back seat of the car, and older children should use a booster seat.
Childcare Resources Medina County Job and Family Services –  800-783-5070

Ohio Childcare Finder

It is important to have a safe, trusted resources for childcare. There are many options to help find child care for Ohio families.
Domestic Violence Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center – 24 Hour Helpline – 216-391-HELP(4357) There is a strong relationship between domestic violence and child abuse. If you do not feel safe with your partner, protect yourself and your baby by telling someone and seeking available resources in your community.
Fire and CO2 Alarms Northeast Red Cross – 216-431-3010 Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the house, with at least 1 per each level of the house, especially near sleeping areas. Every house should have Carbon monoxide detectors, especially near gas sources.
Food Insecurity Medina Community Services – 330-725-4690

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina – 330-725-4131

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church – St. Vincent DePaul Society – 330-764-8951

Medina United Methodist Church – 330-725-4943

It’s scary when you don’t think there’s enough food for your family, and this happens to many families. Local resources are available to help you get the food you need now and connect with long term resources.
Housing Resources TransitionalHousing.org

Community Services Center – 330-725-4690

Medina County Job and Family Services –  800-783-5070

Even with good intentions and a written spending plan, you can experience overwhelming financial problems. Assistance is available to help pay back debt and plan for the future.
Job Resources City of Medina

Medina County Job and Family Services –  800-783-5070

There are many options to help find a way to provide financial support for families. Ohio has local OhioMeansJobs Centers that assist job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.
Hamilton County Resources
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Topic Resource Suggestions from Ohio AAP physicians
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Hamilton County Public Health – 513-946-7800

Addiction Services Council – 513-281-7880

As a parent, you have a major impact on your child’s health. If you are impaired due to drugs and alcohol, you will not be able to care for your child as readily and effectively as they need. Also, there is an increased risk of child death with caregivers that have problems with drugs and/or alcohol.
Car Seat Safety Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Norwood Health Department – (513) 458-4600

3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. You should have your car seat installation checked by a car seat technician/specialist. An infant carrier or car seat should be used to secure your baby EVERY time they ride in a moving vehicle. All children less than 2 years of age should be rear facing in the back seat of the car, and older children should use a booster seat.
Childcare Resources Hamilton County JFS – (513) 946-1800 It is important to have a safe, trusted resources for childcare. There are many options to help find child care for Ohio families.
Domestic Violence Women Helping Women – (513) 381-5610

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati – (513) 241-7090

Women’s Crisis Center – (800) 928.6708

There is a strong relationship between domestic violence and child abuse. If you do not feel safe with your partner, protect yourself and your baby by telling someone and seeking available resources in your community.
Fire and CO2 Alarms Greater Cincinnati Red Cross – 513-579-3000 Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the house, with at least 1 per each level of the house, especially near sleeping areas. Every house should have Carbon monoxide detectors, especially near gas sources.
Food Insecurity Valley Interfaith Community Center – (513) 821-3233

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – (513) 562-8841

Freestore Foodbank

It’s scary when you don’t think there’s enough food for your family, and this happens to many families. Local resources are available to help you get the food you need now and connect with long term resources.
Housing Resources Cincinnati Metro Housing Authority – (513) 721-4580 Even with good intentions and a written spending plan, you can experience overwhelming financial problems. Assistance is available to help pay back debt and plan for the future.
Job Resources Hamilton County JFS – (513) 946-1000 There are many options to help find a way to provide financial support for families. Ohio has local OhioMeansJobs Centers that assist job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.
Lucas County Resources
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Topic Resource Suggestions from Ohio AAP physicians
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Lucas Co. Heroin & Opiate Initiative – Dial 211 and ask for resources

Lucas County Community Resource Guide (PDF)

As a parent, you have a major impact on your child’s health. If you are impaired due to drugs and alcohol, you will not be able to care for your child as readily and effectively as they need. Also, there is an increased risk of child death with caregivers that have problems with drugs and/or alcohol.
Car Seat Safety Safe Kids Greater Toledo – 419-291-7945

Hancock Public Health – 419-424-7105

3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly. You should have your car seat installation checked by a car seat technician/specialist. An infant carrier or car seat should be used to secure your baby EVERY time they ride in a moving vehicle. All children less than 2 years of age should be rear facing in the back seat of the car, and older children should use a booster seat.
Childcare YWCA Childcare Connections – 1-800-632-3052

Lucas County Community Resource Guide (PDF)

It is important to have a safe, trusted resources for childcare. There are many options to help find child care for Ohio families.
Domestic Violence Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center – 419-244-3053

Battered Women’s Shelter/YWCA – 419-241-7386

Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy – 216-391-HELP (4357)

There is a strong relationship between domestic violence and child abuse. If you do not feel safe with your partner, protect yourself and your baby by telling someone and seeking available resources in your community.
Fire and CO2 Alarms Fire Prevention Bureau – 419-936-3550 Smoke alarms should be installed throughout the house, with at least 1 per each level of the house, especially near sleeping areas. Every house should have Carbon monoxide detectors, especially near gas sources.
Food Insecurity SeaGate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio – 419-244-6996

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food – 419-242-5000

Feed Lucas County Children Inc. – 419-259-9960

It’s scary when you don’t think there’s enough food for your family, and this happens to many families. Local resources are available to help you get the food you need now and connect with long term resources.
Housing Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority – 419-259-9400

http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/toledo_rent_assistance.html

Even with good intentions and a written spending plan, you can experience overwhelming financial problems. Assistance is available to help pay back debt and plan for the future.
Jobs and Employment Economic Opportunity Planning Association – 419-242-7304 ext.1156

Lucas County Job and Family Services – 419-213-4000

There are many options to help find a way to provide financial support for families. Ohio has local OhioMeansJobs Centers that assist job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.

 

If you have questions about the Ohio AAP’s Injury Prevention resources or would like to suggest additional information, please contact Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org or (614) 846-6258.