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SAFE KIDS Linn County and Safety Programs

SAFE KIDS Linn County, formed in 1992 by Mercy and the City of Cedar Rapids, is made up of community outreach partners working together to educate and protect families.

Participants include local educators, firefighters, law enforcement officers, medical healthcare professionals and community service professionals. Together, we provide information to help families prevent accidents and injuries, and promote several local child safety programs, including:

Car Seat Safety

The Child Safety Seat Fit Station program provides free child safety-seat checks. Our goal is to reduce the injury/deaths of children in motor vehicle accidents, the leading cause of injury and death among children.

Through this program, we educate the community on correct installation of safety seats.

Car seat checks

Check are offered on the second Thursday of each month from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at GMC of North Cedar Rapids, located at 1040 N. Center Point Road in Hiawatha. One of the more than 10 certified child passenger technicians in Linn County is on hand to help assist you in installing your child safety seat the right way.

All participants need is their vehicle, a child safety seat and their child.

Under Iowa state law, children must ride:

  • facing the rear until they are 1 year old and weigh 20 lbs.
  • in a child safety seat or booster seat until they turn 6 or until their 6th birthday
  • in a booster seat or lap and shoulder belt if they are 6-11 years old

To schedule your safety seat inspection, call (319) 310-SEAT.

Bike & Helmet Safety

SAFE KIDS Linn County partners with local schools and agencies to provide education on the proper use and fit of bicycle helmets. Information is also available on how to set up a bike rodeo to teach children about bicycle safety.

To purchase a bicycle helmet, please contact one of the SAFE KIDS co-directors:

Pedestrian Safety

We also schedule events with local schools to teach traveling safely to and from school.

Other Injury Areas

SAFE KIDS Linn County provides information on playground safety, poisoning, water safety, seasonal injuries, toy safety and more.

For more information on the local SAFE KIDS coalition or its programs, call or email Connie Hauskins at (319) 398-6287.

To learn more about SAFE KIDS Worldwide, visit Safe Kids.