Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire and every hour approximately 14 children are injured from fires or burns. Ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,400 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.More Information
Pennsylvania Childhood Trauma and Injury Prevention Conference: Collaboration is Key
May 1-2, 2013
This statewide conference will highlight key elements of childhood injury prevention with a focus on collaboration; topics to include emerging issues in the field and key community partnerships.
Childhood injury prevention advocates, safety specialists, trauma coordinators, EMS providers, coroners, State Health Improvement Plan Affiliated Partnerships, Communities That Care, Safe Kids partners, Child Death Review Team members and all who work to prevent injuries are encouraged to attend.More Information
Bike, Scooter, Skateboard – Be Safety Smart this Spring
Bikes cause more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except cars. To stay safe on two-, three- and four-wheeled toys and vehicles, kids need to learn the rules of the road and practice safe behaviors. Safety Tips
The Danger of TV Tip-Overs
There are few things cuter than a baby learning to stand, an unsteady toddler trying to climb, or a fearless preschooler who still doesn’t quite understand balance. And while young children are learning to perfect their stride, we want to take extra steps to ensure their safety. Protecting kids from the potential risk of tip-overs by making sure furniture and TVs are secured is an important way to help keep them safe.
Between 2000 and 2010, on average, every three weeks a child dies from a TV tipping over. And nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S. Top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can be unsteady, and if pulled or climbed on, they can tip over and seriously injure young children. Over the last ten years, injuries from TV tip-overs have risen by 31 percent. Young children are at greatest risk and seven out of ten children injured by TV tip-overs are 5 years old or younger. These tragedies are completely preventable with just a few simple precautions.
Much like childproofing with a toddler gate or electrical socket cover, TV mounts and furniture straps are important steps to keep your family safe. Remember, a curious, determined child can topple a TV. Children playing with friends or pets could knock a TV over, while other kids might be tempted to climb up to reach items placed on or near a TV, such as remote controls or candy.
Child Passenger Safety: The Right Seat
Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.
There are so many car seat types and models, how do you know which one is right for your child? The right car seat or booster fits your child and your car, and is one you will use correctly every time you travel. Not only will your child ride as safely as possible, you will be establishing the foundation for a lifelong habit of seat belt use every time your child travels. Choose the Right Seat
Medication Safety: Use it Right, Close it Tight, Out of Sight
Each year, more than 60,000 children ages 5 and under are treated in emergency departments due to accidental medication exposure or overdose. An astounding 95% of these visits are because a child got into medicines while the parent or caregiver was not looking. Parents can prevent this by...read more...
Protect Kids from Swallowing Coin Lithium Button Batteries
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Hidden Hazards in the Home: Furniture and TVs
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to inspect and anchor furniture and TVs now, in order to protect young children from a preventable tragedy.