As we count down the days to summer, more and more children are spending more time outdoors playing in neighborhoods and local parks. The Florida Department of Health and Safe Kids Florida, a non profit organization, are advising parents and caregivers to be on the look out for safety hazards to children. Tragically, over 400 children under the age of 14 died from unintentional injuries in 2007. Another 6000 children were hospitalized due to unintentional injuries.
Some of the most serious injuries to children include spinal cord injuries. Many, but not all, of these injuries could have been prevented with safety precautions by parents, caregivers, as well as children.
Some basic measure that parents and caregivers can and should implement are the following:
Parents and caregivers should never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with windows open or for short periods of time.
Parents and caregivers should lock vehicle doors and trunks. Keys and remote controls should be kept out of the reach of children.
Parents and caregivers should ensure that playground equipment is frequently inspected and kept in good maintenance and repair.
Parents and caregivers should be diligent in supervising children in and near water. Even momentary breaks of supervision can lead to tragic injuries and even wrongful death.
Parents and caregivers should keep poisons including household cleaning products, medications, pesticides, and alcoholic beverages out of the reach of children.
You can read more about safety tips for Florida children at Protect Florida Kids From Unintentional Injuries.