Magazine article Working Mother

Summer Safety Guide

Magazine article Working Mother

Summer Safety Guide

Article excerpt

Ah, summer. Go ahead and daydream about relaxed, balmy days full of fun for you and your family, but keep in mind that this is the most dangerous time for kids. May through August is known as trauma season, a period when children sustain almost half of all yearly injuries, according to Chrissy Cianflone, home safety program manager at Safe Kids Worldwide. In the summer, kids are outside more and are extra physical and less supervised, so parents need to be more aware and watch kids attentively-not in between reading a magazine or talking on their cell. Here are the most frequent child accidents and simple steps you can take to avoid them so that your summer is as it should be-fun and worry-free.

Top Safety Tips

Drowning The risk factor for drowning goes up 89 percent for all kids in the summer and is the season's leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4. Drowning can happen suddenly and silently, says Cianflone. Always have a designated adult just to watch kids near a pool or hot tub, and install high fencing with selflatching gates around these areas.

Bicycle, scooter and other wheeled-toy-related accidents More than 251,000 children ages 14 and under were treated in ERs in 2005 for bike-related injuries, and close to 150,000 kids were treated for inline-skating, roller-skating, nonmotor-scooter and skateboarding injuries in 2004. …

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