Wood County Health Department's Injury Prevention program provides public education
and resources on preventing injuries. The Department provides the following injury
- Child Passenger Safety
- Cribs for Kids®
- Safe Kids Wood County
Please see the sections below for details about of each of these programs.
Child Passenger Safety
We have certified child passenger safety technicians on staff that will provide
FREE child restraint inspections. They can check your child restraint to make sure
it is safe and not recalled, and will teach you how to safely secure your child
in the restraint and how to install the restraint properly in your vehicle.
A child restraint program is available for families who are struggling to purchase
a safe restraint for their child. Families, who are currently enrolled in at least
one government assistance program such as, WIC or FoodShare, qualify. We encourage
a donation of $25 for infant, convertible, or combination restraints and $10 for
a booster seat.
A child restraint rental program is also available. This program is designed for
short-term rentals, with a maximum rental period of two weeks. A $25 deposit for
infant, convertible, and combination restraints and $10 for boosters is required,
but refunded once the child restraint is returned.
Resources for child passenger safety:
For a child restraint inspection, or for more information on the programs we offer,
please contact the Health Department.
Safe Kids Video: Having trouble installing your car seat? We can help.
Cribs for Kids®
Cribs for Kids® is a safe sleep program designed to educate families on proper sleep
practices for their babies and provide safe sleep environments for the babies if
needed. Families who are in need of a safe crib for their child and are enrolled
in at least one government assistance program, such as WIC or FoodShare qualify
to receive a Graco Pack ‘n Play. We encourage a donation of $25 per crib. For more
information contact the Health Department.
Resources for Safe Infant Sleep:
Safe Kids Wood County
Safe Kids Wood County was formed in 2006 and is led by the Health Department. The
coalition's mission is to reduce unintentional injuries for children 14 and younger
by empowering families and communities through educational initiatives.
The group implements various injury prevention programs and events and focuses on:
- Child passenger safety
- Fire and burn prevention
- Safe Infant Sleep
- Water safety
- Wheel safety
- Poisoning prevention
Safe Kids Wood County partners with Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital to offer car seat clinics. The car seat check is free of charge and no appointment is necessary. For more information call Ty Zastava at 715-421-8911.
You can view more information including upcoming events on the Safe Kids Wood County Page hosted by the Safe Kids Wisconsin website or find us on Facebook
Members of Safe Kids Wood County include:
- Bright Horizons Childcare Center
- Marshfield Fire Department
- Marshfield Park and Recreation Department
- Nekoosa Fire and Ambulance
- Aspirus Riverview Hospital
- Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
- Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital
- Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department
- Wisconsin Rapids Park and Recreation Department
- Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
- Wood County Health Department
- Wood County Sheriff Department