Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Safe Kids Pennsylvania Summer Safety Series

This July, Safe Kids Pennsylvania staff joined abc27’s “Good Day PA!” for a series of summer safety segments.

Water safety
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4. Overall, approximately 750 children ages 14 and under die each year due to unintentional drownings; and on average, there are an estimated 5,016 injuries to children after near-drowning incidents each year.

“Kids drown quickly and quietly,” said Allyson Fulton of Safe Kids Pennsylvania. “A drowning child cannot cry or shout for help. It is important to remember that simple steps save lives – supervise children when they are in or near water, learn water safety skills like swimming and CPR and for home pools and spas, use barriers and anti-entrapment devices. The most important precaution for parents is active supervision. Simply being near your child is not necessarily supervising.” More

Water safety tip sheet
“Good Day PA!” recording

Bike safety
Summer has arrived and families are gearing up to enjoy the outdoors on their bikes. While inflating the tires and checking the brakes are important – a helmet is essential. Each year, approximately 135 children die from bicycle-related injuries and more than 267,000 nonfatal bicycle injuries occur. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent; however, less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bicycle helmet. In Pennsylvania, children under age 13 are required by law to wear a helmet at all times while riding a bicycle. Bicycle size and maintenance checks are also important and children must learn the rules of the road and obey traffic laws. More

Helmet Fit Checklist
“Good Day PA!” recording

Keeping kids safe on the playground
75% and more of all playground injuries are due to falls
45% of playground injuries are due to lack of or improper supervision

Check that playgrounds are inspected and maintained by qualified personnel. Make sure your child is playing on the right size equipment and supervise them.

Playground safety resources
"Good Day PA!" recording

Back to school safety
42% of child pedestrian deaths occur between 4-8pm
74% of child pedestrian deaths occur at non-intersection locations

Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the 5th leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. for children ages 5-19; teens account for half of all pedestrian deaths. Whatever means of transportation your children take to school, talk to them about how to get to and from school safely and explain to them the Pennsylvania laws to them pertaining road safety.

Fact: school busses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school. They are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.

"Walk this way" guide on pedestrian safety
Car seat safety
School bus safety

"Good Day PA!" recording


Every 8 minutes a child goes to an emergency room for medicine poisoning

Safe Kids Pennsylvania issues alert: 3 out of 4 ER visits for medicine poisoning are due to kids getting into parents’ or grandparents’ medicine

Safe Kids Pennsylvania offers these tips for families:

  • Keep all medicine up and away when young children are around, even medicine you take every day.
  • Be alert to potential hazards of medicine stored in other locations, like pills in purses, vitamins on counters, and medicine on nightstands.
  • Even if you are tempted to keep it handy in between doses, put medicine out of reach after every use.
  • Choose child-resistant caps for medicine bottles, if you’re able to. If pill boxes or non-child resistant caps are the only option, it’s even more important to store these containers up high and out of sight when caring for kids.
  • Take the time to read and follow the label before taking or giving medicine.
  • Program the nationwide Poison Help Number (800) 222-1222 into your phones.

Keeping Families Safe Around Medicine (report)
Safety tips (complete list)


Imagine a world where every kid is a safe kid


ACT to keep kids safe from heatstroke

A child dies from heatstroke (also known as hyperthermia) about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and younger. Children climb into unlocked cars to play, or are left alone in the car. Young children are particularly at risk as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. Because of this, and because cars heat up so quickly – 19 degrees in 10 minutes – tragedies can happen faster than you think. These tragedies are 100 percent preventable. Read More


Fire safety

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.

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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.

Click here for top safety tips to help prevent tip-over hazards


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

Child Passenger Safety Tip Sheet (English)
Child Passenger Safety Tip Sheet (Spanish)


Protect kids from swallowing coin lithium button batteries

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