Safety Stop Expands to Progress West Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) now offers its Safety Stop services to parents living in St. Charles County through a partnership with Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon, Mo. Safety Stop’s child safety experts are available by appointment for one-on-one consultations with parents for advice regarding safety in three important areas:
Car seats—Parents bring their child, vehicle and car seat to Safety Stop to have a certified child passenger safety technician inspect the seat, check it for a correct fit to the child and demonstrate how to install it properly.
Helmets—Kids may bring their own helmet to Safety Stop and have a trained helmet safety expert check it for proper fit and show children and parents how to adjust the helmet themselves.
Home safety—A trained safety expert reviews potential injury risks and specific ways to make the home a safer environment for children. The service is particularly suited for expectant or new parents, and all participants receive a free home safety starter kit.
In addition, as part of the free Safety Stop appointment, a limited selection of helmets, car seats and home safety equipment is available for purchase at discounted prices.
“Since Safety Stop is by appointment, parents really have the advantage of an expert’s undivided attention,” says Carolyn Schainker, SLCH manager of community education and events. “Our overall goal is to help parents protect their children by eliminating some childhood injury risks.”
Appointments also are available at SLCH Safety Stops located at One Children’s Place and at The Magic House – St. Louis Children’s Museum in Kirkwood, Mo. Parents may make a Safety Stop appointment by calling 314.454.KIDS (5437) or 800.678.KIDS (5437).
Safety Stop Referral Pads Now Available
Safety Stop patient referral pads now are available for pediatric offices. Health care providers may use the referral sheets to check appropriate services and encourage families to schedule their Safety Stop appointments by calling the contact numbers listed.
“Families don’t need referrals in order to make appointments at Safety Stop. However, we believe health care providers filling out referral sheets for their families will encourage them to take action,” says Carolyn Schainker, SLCH manager of community education and events. “And new parents and parents visiting pediatric practices should be referred before their infants’ arrival.”
To request referral pads for your office, call Children’s Direct at 800.678.HELP (4357).