Pediatric Injury Prevention Program

Safe at Home Program

Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital Pediatric Injury Prevention Program is a Cribs for Kids site.  This program educates parents and caregivers regarding safe sleep practices and ensures that babies have a safe place to sleep. 

For more education and information about safe sleep please visit the National Institutes of Health Back to Sleep website.

A bike helmet is an essential part of bike riding and should be worn every time you ride your bike.  Need help properly fitting your  helmet?  Need to purchase a bike helmet?  Stop by the Hershey Company Safety Center at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital for a helmet fitting.  Bike helmets are available to purchase for $15.  For more info, please contact us at 531-SAFE (7233).

Before installing any car seat, please refer to the car seat and vehicle owners manuals.

Properly installing a vehicle booster seat for a child

Properly installing a rear facing infant car seat

Properly installing a forward facing infant car seat

Safe Kids Buckle Up and Chevrolet have teamed up with the Boy Scouts of America to teach Cub Scouts and their parents and caregivers about safety in and around vehicles.

These hands-on educational activities are held at Chevrolet dealerships designed to educate families and children  about being safe inside and outside of moving and parked vehicles. After the Scouts successfully complete all of the educational stations, they are presented with their Automotive Safety Patch.

Car Seat Safety Inspection Station

Local data shows that about 80% of child restraints, or car seats, are not properly installed in the car. A correctly installed child restraint can greatly reduce the risk of injury, or even death, in a crash. The Injury Prevention Program operates three permanent inspection stations offering appointments once a week, on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. Inspection station locations are:

  • Life Lion Hangar at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Sutliff Volkswagon
  • Lower Paxton Police Department

To schedule an appointment call 717-531-SAFE (7233).

Teen Driver Program

This program is for drivers age 16-19 who have a traffic violation and have been referred to the program by the District Justice. The 4-hour class will provide participants with an overview of biomechanics, risk factors, and common injury pattern associated with vehicle crashes. Participants will be given a hands-on look at the medical care and aftermath following a serious collision.

The course fee is $50.00 which must be paid prior to the program. To register for the next available class, please call 717-531-3885.

Safe Sitter Program

The Safe Sitter Program is designed to teach 11 - 13 year-olds the essential skills for safe and successful babysitting. Each student will learn:

  • What to do if a child chokes
  • How to call for emergency help
  • Babysitting business skills
  • Basic childcare skills
  • Safety for the sitter
  • How to entertain children and keep them safe

The one-day Safe Sitter course is offered periodically according to interest. The $35 registration fee includes the course, materials, completion certificate, and lunch.

We typically hold 2 - 3 classes per year.  For more information or to sign up for the next class contact the Injury Prevention Program at 717-531-SAFE (7233).

Upcoming classes:  Wednesday, June 18th, 2014.  Please call 531-7422 for more details.