Summer Safety for Children Infographic


Content Summary for Summer Safety for Children Infographic

PROTECT CHILDREN FROM COMMON SUMMER HAZARDS

Activities most responsible for injuries: biking and swimming.

Bikes & Accessories

~70% of fatal bicycle accidents involve head injuries. The risk of head injury can be reduced as much as 85% by wearing a properly fitted helmet.

Besides car accidents, bicycles cause the majority of children’s injuries and are the leading cause for visits to emergency rooms.

Recommendations

The CPSC recommends properly-fitted helmets should be worn by children (and adults).

– When buying a helmet, look for a label that includes:  “Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards for Bicycle Helmets.”

Make sure that bikes are road-worthy:

– Tires are properly inflated;

– The seat and handlebars are tight;

– The brakes are working;

– The bicycle has reflectors;

– The rider is wearing reflective clothing to increase visibility; and

– Add a tall flag to low tricycles or riding toys so vehicle drivers can see the rider.

Swimming & Water Activities

CDC:  Drowning is the leading cause of death for kids aged 1-4.

CPSC:

– Nearly 300 children under the age of 5 drown annually.

– 5,100 children under 15 go to emergency rooms for near-drowning injuries annually.

– Inflatable pool toys pose a risk of suffocation especially when they are collapsed.

– Deflated kiddie pools create dangerous situations for small children.

Recommendations:

– Be present, alert, and watchful of children as they swim.

– Have a phone close by in case of emergency.

– Never leave a child unattended.

– Make sure children understand the safety rules.

– Review the pool area for potential hazards.

– Assign one or more adults to watch swimmers.

– Take turns to maintain attentiveness.

– Always lock your pool to prevent unattended children from entering.

Trampolines & Bounce Houses

70 in 100,000 children under 17 suffer trampolines injuries.

Recommendations:

When using a trampoline at home, the Mayo Clinic advises:

– The trampoline should be set up on level ground.

– Always use a safety net and padded springs.

– Parents should supervise trampoline all activity.

5 in 100,000 children are injured from bounce houses.

Bounces houses result in 1 child being sent to the ER every 46 minutes.

Recommendations:

5 in 100,000 children are injured from bounce houses.

Bounces houses result in 1 child being sent to the ER every 46 minutes.

Playground Equipment

Playgrounds account for hundreds of thousands of injuries every year.

On public playgrounds, climbing structures account for a majority of injuries.  Swings are primarily responsible for injuries for at-home play structures.

Recommendations:

– Check the playground to ensure it is properly maintained.

– Ground surfaces should be well cushioned.

– Always monitor young children at play.

Parents and guardians: Be aware of hazards and protect against them.

Have a safe summer!

Sources:

http://www.kidsindanger.org/docs/research/Summer_Safety_Report_Final.pdf

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