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Keeping Kids Safe In The Home With Torine Creppy of Safe Kids Worldwide and Brian Sansoni of The American Cleaning Institute Download

00:55 Download September 13th

Every year, 8,000 families lose a child because of a preventable injury. When a child dies, the lives of families are changed forever. A million families lose a child to a preventable injury every year around the world. Too many families don’t have access to the information and resources they need to keep their kids safe from tragedies such as drownings, car crashes, fires and falls. In the United States nearly 7.7 million children are treated for injuries in emergency departments every year. These are often serious injuries that can affect them for a lifetime.

Safe Kids Worldwide® is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. Most people are surprised to learn preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable.

Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.

Since 1988, when Safe Kids was founded by Dr. Marty Eichelberger of the Children’s National Hospital with support from founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 61 percent. Working together, we can do much more to protect kids.

Losing one child is one too many, and we don’t want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child. We’re calling on everyone to come together, to raise awareness and to get involved. Saving lives is a decision we can all make every day.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting kids from preventable injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States and a global epidemic around the world.

Safe Kids works with more than 400 network members in the U.S. and partners in 33 countries to keep kids safe at home, on the road and at play. We educate families, raise awareness, create safer environments and advocate for improved laws to protect children.

Torine Creppy is the president of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting kids from preventable injuries.

For nearly 22 years, Ms. Creppy has dedicated her career to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families, especially the most vulnerable. As president of Safe Kids, she works with partners, donors, legislators, and community leaders around the world to develop and implement strategic initiatives, create partnerships, and inspire behavior change to keep kids safe at home, on the road and at play. Ms. Creppy is a passionate advocate on Capitol Hill and is dedicated to finding new ways to reach high-risk and underserved communities.

In addition to her work at Safe Kids, Ms. Creppy is committed to other organizations who share her passion for helping children and families. She is on the YWCA National Capital Area Board of Directors, St. John’s Community Services Board of Directors, the Board of Directors Advisory Board of Hop Skip Drive, a Lifesavers Board Member and on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). She is also a member of the American Public Health Association, National Urban League, NAACP, the National Head Start Association, Junior League of Washington, a Lifetime member of Leadership Greater Washington, and a Chief Member.

Ms. Creppy enjoys volunteering in direct outreach and advocacy for homelessness initiatives, reading autobiographies, 5K marathons for causes, youth mentoring and spending time with her teenage son.

 

Brian Sansoni is the Senior Vice President, Communications, Outreach and Membership at the American Cleaning Institute, the Washington, D.C.-based association representing the cleaning product supply chain.

For more than 20 years, Brian has worked to communicate the value, benefits, safety and sustainability that cleaning products and their chemistries bring to every-day life in home, commercial and healthcare settings. Brian serves as the chief spokesman for ACI, leading internal and external communications efforts while heading up the association’s membership development and retention efforts.

ACI’s 130-plus member companies include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents and cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors.

Mr. Sansoni’s role as a trade association communicator has led to appearances on such venues as NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Fox News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and numerous local TV news programs.  As a spokesman and media relations expert, he has successfully placed his trade associations in such publications as the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostLos Angeles TimesUSA TodayTime magazine, and numerous wire stories and local and regional newspapers.

Prior to joining ACI, Mr. Sansoni worked at the Grocery Manufacturers of America (now Consumer Brands Association). While there, he served as Senior Manager for Public Policy Communications, working as a spokesman for association positions on issues like food biotechnology, food and product safety, obesity and irradiation.

For more than eight years, Sansoni was a press secretary in the United States House of Representatives, serving as a spokesman for four Members of Congress. Prior to that, he worked a radio news reporter in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Sansoni is a graduate of Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA, where he received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism.

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