Safe Kids Upstate strives to reduce the number of unintentional injuries in the Upstate, the number one cause of death to children in the United States.

Through our Programs At Play we address Bike Safety, other Wheeled-Sport Safety, Sports Safety and Water Safety.


Preventing Bicycle, Skateboard and other Wheeled-Sport Injuries
Did You Know?

Every two minutes, a child is treated in an emergency room for an unintentional  cycle-related incident?  Check out these Safety Tips to prevent an injury today!

Bike Safety Tips   |    Skates Safety Tips   |   Skateboard Safety Tips

 Wear a Helmet – “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.



ATV Safety

South Carolina ATV Facts:


  • On average, 6 children die from ATV-related injuries in South Carolina each year.
  • From 1999 – 2009, 63 children died from ATV accidents in South Carolina. Nearly 40 percent of those children were age 9 and under.
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 450 children are injured each year in South Carolina on ATVs.
  • Nationally, 95 percent of children killed on ATVs were riding adult-sized ATVs despite industry recommendations.


Source: SC DHEC, Division of Biostatistics and Health GIS


“Chandler’s Law” ATV Safety Requirements: Effective July 1, 2011

  • Minimum age to operate an ATV is 6 years old.
  • Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult if riding on public land
  • New requirements for children under age 16:

Must complete a hands-on ATV rider safety training course approved by the ATV Safety Institute before operation on an ATV
Must wear a safety helmet and eye protection
May not ride an ATV in violation of the manufacturer Age Restriction Warning Label required by Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA)
May not carry a passenger on an ATV without a valid driver’s license.

  •  On private property, law enforcement officers must have probable cause based on plain view observation or when investigating an ATV accident to enter upon private land to charge a parent with a violation of law.  The above requirements, although recommended, do not apply for ATVs in use for farming, ranching, hunting, or trapping
  • ATVs can be registered with the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicle for purposes of receiving a title. A title makes it easier to prove you own an ATV if it is ever stolen.

Chandler’s Law video

**For additional information about the “Chandler’s Law”, hands-on ATV rider safety training courses, and Q & A for parents and children, please visit


Concussion Guide


Sport Safety Injury Prevention

Sports related injuries may occur at any age. Proper equipment, training and stretching exercises can help avoid injury.

Each year injuries in high school athletics take a significant toll on athletes and their families and create significant health care costs. Prisma Health hopes to reduce the number of injuries and associated health care costs. The physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and strength coaches at Steadman Hawkins, Blue Ridge Orthopedics, ATI Therapy, and Acceleration Sports Institute encourage proper warm ups and preparation prior to participation in sporting events.

Visit the Prisma Health site to view videos about exercise, warm up activities and learn more about Sport Safety.                  Sports Safety Tips     |      Dehydration


Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

        Become a Water Watcher! 

Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old.

When children are swimming and there are several adults present, make sure kids are actively supervised at all times by choosing a Water Watcher.  A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the water without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision.

                 Download Water Watcher Card Here:    English      Spanish                                   




Checklist:  Open Water Safety Checklist       English  Spanish  

Video:  Gary on the Street:  Water Safety

Fact Sheet:  Swimming and Boating Fact Sheet 

Infographic:  Drowning Dangers for Kids


Life Jacket Loaner Boards


Information:  Life Jacket Types

Video:   How to Fit a Life Jacket

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for young children ages one to four, and three children die every day in the U.S. as a result of drowning.

Turning tragedy into triumph has led community partners to launch Life Jacket Loaner Boards in our community.   Safe Kids Upstate has partnered with The Brian and Nathan Keese Water Safety Organization, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Sea Tow Foundation, Recreation and Tourism, U.S. Army of Engineers, Friends of Lake Keowee, Parkside Pediatrics, Duke Energy and a number of area businesses to expand water safety education and life jacket accessibility across the state of S.C.

Our Life Jacket Loaner Boards in Oconee County are located at Chau Ram County Park,  Devils Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee , Lake Hartwell State Park, High Falls Park and South Cove Park.  In Greenville County a Life Jacket Loaner Board sponsored by Sea Tow is located at Paris Mountain State Park . Our newest loaner board is the first to be in Pickens County. It is also sponsored by the Sea Tow Foundation and is located at Mile Creek Park in Six Mile, SC. Each board is unique where a limited number of life jackets in a variety of sizes are available for temporary use during the day while swimming or boating. Visitors to the parks can check out a life jacket to use on the lake at no charge. Life jackets will be stored at kiosks along with information about safe boating. Boaters and swimmers are asked to return the jackets to the kiosk for others to use.


Location Address Phone Sizes Available # of boards
Chau Ram County park 1220 Chau Ram Park Rd

Westminster, SC 29693

(864) 647-9286 Varies



Devils Fork State Park 161 Holcombe Cir

Salem, SC


(864) 944-2639 Varies



High Falls County Park 671 High Falls Rd

Seneca, SC 29672

(864) 882-8234 Varies



Lake Hartwell State Park 19138 SC-11

Fair Play, SC


(864) 972-3352 Varies



Mile Creek Park 757 Keowee Baptist Church Road

Six Mile, SC


(864)-888-2196 Varies



Paris Mountain Lake Placid 2401 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609 (864) 244-5565 Varies



South Cove County Park 1031 South Cove Rd

Seneca, SC


(864) 882-5250 Varies




To search for a Life Jacket Loaner Board in your area click here.