Illinois Risk Watch
2013 Risk Watch Conference
Attached are registration for the Risk Watch Conference in July. We usually only open these conferences up to members of the programs, but this year we are inviting a limited amount of non-members. We will have 5 hotel rooms open for interested communities, one hotel room per community. You can register as many attendees from each community as you deem necessary. The hotel rooms and conferences are free of charge.
Rooms and conference registrations for these slots are on a first come, first serve basis and must be received by July 15th. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
2013 Risk Watch Conference Registration [PDF, 50Kb]
2013 Risk Watch New Community Training for Springfield
Illinois Risk Watch will be holding a New Community Training in Springfield on May 15th. Please click on the link/attachment for information and registration details. Training materials and lunch are provided free of charge. Registrations accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Risk Watch Poster Contest
Illinois Risk Watch is hosting its first ever Poster Contest! Winners of the Poster Contest will receive free parking and admission for the winner and his or her immediate family to the Illinois State Fair where the winning poster will be displayed at the Illinois Fire Safety Exhibit. The contest is open to children pre-k through eighth grade who currently participate in the Illinois Risk Watch program. For details, please see the Illinois Risk Watch Poster Contest Form [PDF, 168Kb].
Despite the attention commanded by kidnapping, drugs, and other threats to young children, it is actually a handful of simple preventable injuries that are the number-one health risk for children ages 14 and under. Yet, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), parents and caregivers too often view these hazards as inevitable consequences of growing up.
In an effort to reduce those risks in Illinois, a coalition of state agencies and private industry has introduced an injury prevention curriculum entitled Risk Watch created by the NFPA to five communities in Illinois for 2001. Risk Watch is a comprehensive program that gives children and their families the information and support they need to make positive, health-promoting choices about their personal safety and well-being. Illinois Risk Watch is looking for communities that wish to participate.
Risk Watch targets the eight leading causes of injury for children: motor vehicle crashes, fires and burns, choking, suffocation, and strangulation, poisoning, falls, unintentional firearms incidents, bike and pedestrian hazards, and water hazards. Risk Watch curriculum, divided into five learning-level modules (preschool through grade eight), is designed to involve children as active participants, not just as listeners.
The Illinois Risk Watch Champion Management Team (CMT) is coordinated by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal in cooperation with Health Alliance Medical Plans, the Illinois Department of Public Health/Illinois Safe Kids Coalition, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois School Board.
Over the next several years, the coalition plans to recruit, train and assist with resources for local coalitions in communities in Illinois. These coalitions will then go into the schools in their local communities to teach the children how to make their schools, homes and communities safer.
Risk Watch was developed under the direction of NFPA with co-funding from Lowes Home Safety Council and with technical support from a coalition of North America's most authoritative injury prevention professionals. Risk Watch is a trademark of NFPA, Quincy, MA.
Map of Illinois Risk Watch Communities updated 9-6-2011[JPG, 184Kb]