Summer Safety for Children Infographic

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:

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