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Are Your Kids Safe?

In an effort to raise parents awareness about the leading causes of childhood injury in the United States and how they can be prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a program called Protect the Ones You Love. As parents know most childhood injuries can be prevented.

With that in mind, they released these facts.

“Injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger.
Each year, nearly 9 million children aged 0 to 19 years are seen in emergency departments for injuries, and more than 9,000 children die as a result of being injured.

Injury treatment is the leading cause of medical spending for children. The estimated annual cost of unintentional child injuries in the United States is nearly $11.5 billion.”

The CDC tells us that there are more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger in playground-related injuries 45% of them involving severe–fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. “In 1995, playground-related injuries among children ages 14 and younger cost an estimated $1.2 billion (Office of Technology Assessment 1995).”

According to this CDC Fact Sheet every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of those two are children aged 14 or younger Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates.

According to this story done by the popular Today show on NBC toppling TV sets cause an increasing number of severe injuries to children specifically neck and head injuries. The accident happens when a curious child climbs up on a piece of furniture that holds a TV. With the heaviest TVs falling a meter onto a small kids' head is equivalent to the child falling 10 stories,” says Toronto study author Dr. Michael Cusimano.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission “A child dies every two weeks in this country from a tip-over incident involving a TV, a piece of furniture, or a TV and a piece of furniture. Every 24 minutes a child is admitted to the emergency room because of a TV and/or a furniture tip-over.”

In Cleveland, Ohio comes another story about the dangers of large TV sets. The story references a study of U.S. hospitals that reported 42,000 TV toppling injuries between 1998 and 2007. The story notes that especially with today’s larger, thinner TVs they are more susceptible to cause accidents when not mounted properly. The same story suggests that adults not put toys or bright objects near the TV that may encourage climbing. And of course, make sure that the TV is securely mounted.

The potential for accidents with children is just about everywhere.

This story from Salt Lake City, Utah draws your attention to accidents with kids walking to and from school. The story points out that children, especially younger children, are especially vulnerable at the beginning of the school year. Problems of depth and speed perception lead to an astounding number of accidents in parking lots-even school parking lots.

And at this time of year, the beginning of the school year, children are more vulnerable to being hit by a car due to budget cutbacks which have reduced bussing schedules, meaning more children have to walk to school. In this story coming to us from Akron, Ohio tens of thousands of children are forced to walk 2 miles or more has become commonplace. Almost every school district in Ohio has imposed some level of busing restriction or eliminated altogether due to budget shortfalls. There is not only the potential danger from automobile accidents with our youngsters but potential dangers caused by ice and snow on sidewalks.

Potential mandated remedies are in the works. Meanwhile, parents are asked to buy their children bright clothing or attach fluorescent tape for drivers to see.

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