Risks of Drowning and Other Injuries Over the Summer Months – School Is Out but Safety Should Be In

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Children have a lot more free time to engage in horseplay, activities or sports during their summer vacation and, as a result, emergency room visits increase during the summer months. Many of these accidents, however, are preventable. A release by Rapides Regional Medical Center revealed that last year the hospital treated about 50,000 patients, 14,517 of which were infants, children and teenagers.

The release also stated that the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1-20 was drowning. Because participation in water activities is higher during the summer months, parents, guardians, babysitters and daycare providers and workers should maintain constant and close supervision. Basic water safety tips include: never leave children unattended around water, children should always wear a life jacket when around water, home swimming pools should be surrounded by a safety fence and all entrances to the pool should be locked and be made inaccessible to children.

Kids also like to ride bikes, skates or skateboard. Therefore, another easy way to prevent common injuries is helmet use. By wearing a helmet a child can decrease their risk of death by 42% and risk of head injury by 62%

All-terrain vehicles are another common contributor to child injury during the summer months. To read more information on the safety hazards presented by ATVs see CBS News Reports on Dangers of Personal Injury to Children from ATV (All Terrain Vehicles).

There are several other types of risks that increase during the summer months. These include but are not limited to trampoline-related injuries, heat exhaustion and hyperthermia. To read an in-depth explanation of these injuries see Summertime Injuries. A great, effective and inexpensive way to prevent these types of injuries is to maintain constant supervision of children – adults, caretakers, daycare providers, babysitters, etc. should always maintain a watchful eye on their children.