Erlanger Offers Summer Safety Tips For Children

Monday, July 1, 2013

Every summer children are admitted to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger with injuries from outdoor activities.  While the majority of summer activities are fun, when they result in childhood injury, trauma and even death, they become the worst times a family can experience.  Please follow the three rules listed below for a safe and fun summer:

 

1. Lawn Mowers: Children should never be near a mower of any type. Approximately five children are seen every year at Children’s for severe injuries from lawnmowers, including leg, foot, arm and hand amputations.  Do not let children ride, play behind or around an operating mower. Children who ride are never secure on the mower, and mowers can cause projectiles that injure or even kill a child.  

2. Swimming: There should always be an adult serving as the “active watcher” for children. There has already been one childhood death from drowning in the region. Most drownings happen when adults are present.  It is never enough for an adult to be near the swimming area; designate one adult to be the active watcher.

3. Cars: Never leave your child unattended in a car.  As the outdoor temperature climbs, adults forget how hot a vehicle can get.  If it is hot to you, it is too hot for a child.  Since May, 15 children have died in the U.S. after they were left in a hot car.

Summertime can be fun.  We just ask you to put safety first.  Your children are important to us.  Please keep them safe so the entire family can enjoy summer and all the other seasons ahead of them.

 


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