Families have an easier way to keep their children safe in and around their home. In an effort to reduce the number of preventable injuries in the Tampa Bay area, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital has opened The Safety Store, the first hospital-based safety store in the state of Florida. Each year more than 3 million U.S. children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency centers for accidental injuries that occur in the home, and more than 2,000 of these children die as a result of their injuries. Safety experts estimate that 90 percent of these injuries are preventable.
The Safety Store provides a comfortable environment for families to shop, learn and ask questions about how to keep children safe. Low-cost injury-prevention products available include:
- Bath water thermometers
- Baby safety gates
- Bike helmets
- Child passenger safety seats
- Cabinet locks
- Fire extinguishers
- First aid kits
- Smoke alarms
- Window blind cord wraps
The Safety Store is staffed by trained Child Advocates who help families determine their safety needs and select appropriate products. The Child Advocates also provide free education on how to use and maintain the safety products, including demonstrations on how to install a child passenger seat and the correct way to wear a bike helmet.
For more information, please call (813) 554-8510.
Location: St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Arts Building, 3rd floor
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-3pm