Safe Kids Pitt County Receives Special State Honor, Educates About Dangers of Hot Vehicles

by: Ashlin Elliott, ECU Health Public RelationsKelly Hunter, Jason O. Boyd



GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — Safe Kids Pitt County Coordinator Ellen Walston and the entire team at the East Carolina Injury Prevention Program, the Safe Kids Pitt County Coalition, received the Coalition of Safe North Carolina Kids of the Year.

The North Carolina Coalition of the Year award is based on the coalition’s positive results in the child passenger safety program, medication safety programs, and maintaining partnerships.

“It was a great surprise”, coordinator of the Injury Prevention Program in ECU Health Medical Center Ellen Walston said. Lisa Blackmon with Safe Kids North Carolina said our social networks it really was the catalyst to win the award. We post multiple times a week about our injury prevention risk areas, and it’s really important to use those quick sound bites to get the word out.”

Preventable injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the United States, according to Safe Kids. That’s why Kids Insurance Pitt County works to prevent injuries to children and adults through simple tips and safety checks. The Safe Kids Pitt County team strives every day to keep children in Eastern North Carolina safe and healthy and to comply ECU HealthThe mission to improve the health and wellness of Eastern North Carolina.

On Thursday, Walston along with the Pitt County Health Department and the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children highlighted the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot vehicles.

As advocates for the prevention of heat stroke and heat-related injuries, the East Carolina Injury Prevention Program, the Pitt County Health Department and the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children have partnered to educate parents and caregivers on preventive tips to avoid these tragedies. Experts from these organizations will demonstrate how quickly and how hot cars get in the summer, and the danger they pose to children.

Click here to read more about the Pitt County Safe Kids organization.

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