Is your home safe? More than 55,000 children in our community are hurt or die due to unintentional injuries in and around the home. Today we are visiting with Melissa Roach, Programs and Community Relations Manager of Charlie’s House.
On November 1, 2007, Charlie Horn, a 2-year-old Kansas City boy, was killed when he attempted to climb a 30″ dresser in his home. It was through this tragedy that Charlie’s House. was born. Brett and Jenny Horn, Charlie’s parents, turned their tragedy into a mission. The Horns began a movement to reduce in-home accidents through increased public awareness and education.
We discuss practical tips on giving our kids the ability to explore safely, seasonal dangers, pool and water safety, the top things to do now, important numbers to have on hand, and more.
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Charlie’s House is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and educating parents and caregivers, healthcare professionals and community organizations about common dangers that cause injuries and accidents to children in and around the home. Their mission is fulfilled through increased awareness, public education, and distribution of safety devices at no cost.
Charlie’s House just celebrated their first year of having the nation’s first Safety Demonstration Home, located here in Kansas City, MO at 2425 Campbell Street. Located in Hospital Hill, near University Health and Children’s Mercy Hospital KC, all are welcome to visit. The house serves as a resource for families seeking information on safety and injury prevention. Families learn about child proofing their home by going on a room-by-room tour of a typical home, including the nursery, bathroom, bedroom, family room, stairs, backyard/deck, kitchen, laundry room, garage, and driveway safety. They provide safety education on five main topics: home, water, fire, seasonal and vehicle safety.
The Charlie’s House Resource Center is available to the public, and anyone is encouraged to pick up safety devices, safety educational materials and more – all at no cost. Charlie’ House encourages you to schedule a tour at www.charlieshouse.org and find a date/time that works best for you. Don’t see a date/time that fits your needs? Call and schedule a tour in the evenings or on a weekend.