Friday, June 23rd, 2017



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While summer is a memorable time for most children, less time in the classroom and more time going swimming, bike riding, or playing in the back yard can lead to a higher exposure to serious, yet preventable, injuries. There are some simple steps parents can take to ensure that children enjoy their favorite summertime activities while avoiding a visit to the emergency room.

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.

 

 

Quick Facts

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under and the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4.

  • Children can drown in as little as one inch of water.

Who Is At Risk?

  • Children ages 4 and under have the highest drowning death rate and account for 80 percent of home drowning.

Prevention Tips

  • Never leave a child unsupervised in or around water in the home.

  • Never leave a child unsupervised in or around a swimming pool or spa. Learn CPR and keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.

  • Install four-sided isolation fencing that completely surrounds swimming pools or spas and prevents direct access from a house and yard.

  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports.

  • Never dive in water less than nine feet deep.

 

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