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Wes Bender

Manager, Special Initiatives/Sponsor Relations

“I’m fortunate to work in a role where each day I can make a difference in the life of a child while doing something I enjoy: educating and empowering families on being safe and injury free.”

Wes has more than 25 years of educational experience, including 15 years at the University of Maryland teaching and coordinating EMS and injury prevention. He also has years of event/exhibit management experience, which makes him perfect for his job as a liaison to program partners, coordinating Safe Kids presence and messaging at national events and conferences. Based in the Los Angeles area, Wes is frequently called upon by Hollywood celebrities to assist with their child safety needs and concerns. “I love being part of the team that will make child safety a cause.”

Blogs by Wes

Happy Father's Day sign

Our Safe Kids dads share advice that helps them be great fathers. 

booster seat safety

As a certified child passenger technician and instructor, working in injury prevention, I frequently hear this question. Not surprising, given tight household budgets and the constantly increasing costs of raising children.

First, let’s look at the things that rule out using secondhand seats, then we can better determine when it’s okay.

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