Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

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Safe Kids Pennsylvania Summer Safety Series

Safe Kids Pennsylvania staff joined abc27’s “Good Day PA!” for a series of summer safety segments.

Water safety
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4. Overall, approximately 750 children ages 14 and under die each year due to unintentional drownings; and on average, there are an estimated 5,016 injuries to children after near-drowning incidents each year.

“Kids drown quickly and quietly,” said Allyson Fulton of Safe Kids Pennsylvania. “A drowning child cannot cry or shout for help. It is important to remember that simple steps save lives – supervise children when they are in or near water, learn water safety skills like swimming and CPR and for home pools and spas, use barriers and anti-entrapment devices. The most important precaution for parents is active supervision. Simply being near your child is not necessarily supervising.” More

Water safety tip sheet
“Good Day PA!” recording

Bike safety
Summer has arrived and families are gearing up to enjoy the outdoors on their bikes. While inflating the tires and checking the brakes are important – a helmet is essential. Each year, approximately 135 children die from bicycle-related injuries and more than 267,000 nonfatal bicycle injuries occur. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent; however, less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bicycle helmet. In Pennsylvania, children under age 13 are required by law to wear a helmet at all times while riding a bicycle. Bicycle size and maintenance checks are also important and children must learn the rules of the road and obey traffic laws. More

Helmet Fit Checklist
“Good Day PA!” recording

Keeping kids safe on the playground
75% and more of all playground injuries are due to falls
45% of playground injuries are due to lack of or improper supervision

Check that playgrounds are inspected and maintained by qualified personnel. Make sure your child is playing on the right size equipment and supervise them.

Playground safety resources
"Good Day PA!" recording

Back to school safety
42% of child pedestrian deaths occur between 4-8pm
74% of child pedestrian deaths occur at non-intersection locations

Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the 5th leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. for children ages 5-19; teens account for half of all pedestrian deaths. Whatever means of transportation your children take to school, talk to them about how to get to and from school safely and explain to them the Pennsylvania laws to them pertaining road safety.

Fact: school busses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school. They are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.

"Walk this way" guide on pedestrian safety
Car seat safety
School bus safety

"Good Day PA!" recording


Safe Sledding with Safe Kids PA
Cities across the United States have banned sledding on city properties due to liability issues. Leaders fear they may face lawsuits or be forced to foot medical bills if children or adults are injured while sledding. “Over 20,00 children are injured every year because of a sledding accident,” Allyson Fulton of Safe Kids Pennsylvania said on Good Day PA. Watch Interview


Safe Kids Pennsylvania featured on Comcast Newsmakers

In an interview on Comcast Newsmakers, Allyson Fulton, Child Safety Coordinator, discusses ways to prevent child injury and protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

For more information about ways to prevent and detect carbon monoxide poisoning and proposed legislation in Pennsylvania, click here.

Comcast Newsmakers is a 5-minute feature airing at 24- and 54-minutes after the hour, every hour on CNN Headline News.




Safe Kids Pennsylvania featured on Radio Disney

Click on the audio player below for important car safety messages. Runtime of the show is 28:52