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Preventable injuries claim the lives of more than 2,000 children each summer

Thursday, July 1, 2010 @ 11:07 PM Karen Hood

This summer, children ages 14 and under will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million
times for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes,
pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards. In the injury prevention community, summer
is also known as ‘trauma season’ because of the dramatic increase in the number of children
injured from May through August. Sadly, by the end of this summer, more than 2,000 children
will die because of injuries that could have been prevented.”

Caregivers should keep these tips in mind so safety stays a top priority this summer:

 Actively supervise your child when engaging in summertime activities, such as swimming
and playing on playgrounds and backyards.
 Use the appropriate safety gear for your child’s activities, such as a helmet for wheeled
sports and sporting activities, a car seat or booster seat as appropriate, and a life jacket for
open water swimming and boating.
 Role model proper safety behavior. Children are more likely to follow safety rules when
they see their parents doing so.
 If you have a pool or a spa, it should be surrounded on all four sides by a fence at least four
feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates, and it should be equipped with an antientrapment
drain cover and safety vacuum release system. An inflatable pool needs to be
surrounded by a fence, just like any other pool, and caregivers need to empty these pools
when not in use.
 Make sure your home playground is safe. Keep 12 inches safe surfacing, such as mulch,
shredded rubber or fine sand, extending at least six feet in all directions around the equipment.
Remove hood and neck drawstrings from your child’s clothing.
 Install window guards/locks and keep furniture away from windows.
 Remove potential poisons from your yard, including poisonous plants, pesticides and pool
chemicals.

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