Injury Prevention Programs
Our goal is to serve as Central Illinois' leaders and experts in childhood safety and injury prevention.
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death to children. We play a major role in advocating for children's safety and well-being.
Injury Prevention provides education and annual activities to build awareness of and support for children's issues throughout the community. Our staff and committee provide a variety of programs and events that impact the well being of children in our area.
Be A Buckle Buddy! Hotline
Be a Buckle Buddy! is a public education program aimed at keeping kids safe in cars. Anyone in Illinois can use this website to anonymously report unbuckled kids.
Owners of reported vehicles get a packet of information about car seat safety and Illinois law. No tickets are issued through this program.
To make a report, call 1-888-800-2642
Resources in your area:
Low Cost Car Seat Program
OSF Children’s Hospital wants your child to ride safe. To do so, we provide families in need with low-cost car seats. Please call 1-877-277-6543 to see if you qualify for a car seat.
Child Passenger Safety
We are committed to promoting child passenger safety in our communities. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to answer questions and provide education and instruction on car seat usage and installation.
Monthly Car Seat Fitting Stations
Appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcome
Additional Car Seat Events are held within the tri-county area (Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties) throughout the year.
Call 1-877-277-6543, then press 1 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a car seat check.
Each appointment lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. Parents and caregivers will learn proper car seat installation and how to fit their children into car seats safely.
Remember to check out our Calendar of Events to view our regular fitting stations and check event dates!
- 1st Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. - East Peoria Fire Department (201 W. Washington, East Peoria)
- 2nd Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. - Peoria Fire Department (505 NE Monroe St., Peoria)
- 3rd Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. - Pekin Fire Department (3232 Court St., Pekin)
- 4th Monday, 1-3 p.m. - Washington Fire Department (200 N. Wilmor Road)
Safe Kids Peoria Area Coalition
Safe Kids Peoria Area is a local coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide that works to prevent injuries through:
Check out our Calendar of Safety Events !
Our coalition is led by Children's Hospital of Illinois and focuses its efforts on Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties. Many community organizations are active members of Safe Kids Peoria Area and use their expertise to promote safety.
Children's Hospital of Illinois hosts monthly car seat fitting stations in Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, and Washington to provide child passenger safety education. Safe Kids Peoria hosts several car seat checks throughout the summer in different neighborhoods. The coalition also increases public awareness by leading pedestrian safety efforts, such as International Walk to School Day.
We are always interested in adding local businesses and community members to the coalition. Please join us for our coalition meetings quarterly (January, April, July, and October).
- Car Seat Safety Tips
- Car Seat Checklist for Parents
- The Ultimate Car Seat Guide
- Is your child riding in a recalled seat?
- Sleep Safety and Suffocation
- Healthy Kids U
- RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center
- Sleep Disorders
- Mental Health/Resource Link
Special Needs Resource Center
The Special Needs Child Passenger Safety Resource Center educates parents and caregivers of children with special needs on the importance of proper child passenger safety.
The Special Needs Child Passenger Resource Center’s main location is located at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. A satellite site is located at LaRabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., Chicago, IL. 60649.
Mobile Safety Van
Through generous funding from Kohl's Cares for Kids and OSF HealthCare, we developed the OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois Mobile Safety Van to bring injury prevention programs to neighborhoods and communities. This 26-foot, custom-built van is equipped with two outside video monitors, a mobile stage, and an external sound system for outdoor presentations and programs.