Time and health are two precious assets
that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.
-Denis Waitley

He who has health, has hope.
And he, who has hope, has everything.
-Arabian Proverb

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being,
and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
-World Health Organization


Injury Preventions Resources

The Health Department strongly believes that prevention is the key to reducing the number of deaths, illness and injury in our community.

We offer presentations on a variety of topics to schools, daycares and other groups free of charge. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Head lice education, Tobacco, Vehicle Safety, Child Passenger Safety (Buckle Buddy), Hand Washing (Glo Germ), Fire/burn prevention, Bike Safety, Water Safety and Posion Prevention.

Keeping children safe today takes knowledge of risks and safe practices. We have attached a list of resources by topic from the Safe Kids Worldwide website.

Injury Prevention Resources

Safe Kids

General Safety Tips

Fire Safety

Water Safety Resources

Safety Belts

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for people ages two through 33 years. Approximately 70 percent of those who died in Missouri traffic crashes are not wearing their safety belts. Safety belts are considered one of the most important safety devices in your vehicle, using them correctly and on every trip is the most effective way to reduce injuries and death in a crash.

Injury Prevention Information

Child Safety Seats

Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce death by 71 percent for infants (under 1 year) and 54 percent for toddlers (1-4 years) in passenger cars.

**Children under 1 year should always ride in a rear facing seat.

**Children under 8 years old or 80 lbs should be in a booster seat.

Child Safety Seat Recommendations

Follow your car seat manufacturer's instructions and your vehicle owners manual on how to install

Get Help-certified technicians are available to check your car seat installation for free. Call us to schedule an appointment with a certified technician 417-223-4351 ext 0 or Email

Car seats are available in limited quantities


Crib Safety

Babies can spend as much as 16 hours a day sleeping. As a parent or caregiver, it is important to be sure your baby has a safe sleep environment. There are six simple steps to make your baby's crib a safe place.

1. Place your baby on his or her back to sleep at nap and night time

2. Place your baby on a firm tight-fitting mattress in a safety-approved crib

3. Remove all fluffy and loose bedding from the sleep area

4. Instead of a blanket, consider using a sleeper, dleep sac or other covering

5. Make sure your baby's face and head remain uncovered during sleep

For more information visit SIDS Resources

Food Safety

Public Health Departments monitor food safety through health inspections and surveillance of foodborne illness outbreaks.

Protect yourself from foodborne illness by following safe food handling practices.



Car Seat Recalls