Saturday, May 24, 2014

Summer Safety

This was sent to me from Shriner Hospitals for Children and I thought it was a good reminder for us all:


Summer is a time for playground fun, camping, swimming, and other outdoor activities. 
But unfortunately, it’s also a time when the number of accidents involving children spike. Did you know that 40 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits occur between May and August?
The good news is that we can keep our children safer by educating them and ourselves on how to avoid accidents and injuries.

Please read and forward these Top Ten Tips for Summer Safety to anyone caring for kids!
  1. Teach children to buckle up every time they get into a car, regardless of the length of the car ride.
  2. Remind kids never to play with matches, gasoline, lighter fluid, or lighters.
  3. Do not leave children unattended near grills, campfires, fire pits, or bonfires.
  4. To ensure a safe celebration, leave fireworks to the professionals.
  5. When participating in any sport, use appropriate and properly fitting safety equipment. Helmets and goggles can greatly reduce the risk of head and eye injuries.
  6. Show children how to use sports equipment properly.
  7. Teach children to never go near or in the water without an adult present.
  8. Give children your undivided attention when they are swimming or near any body of water.
  9. Have your children wear a properly fitting life jacket while on a boat or around an open body of water.
  10. Teach children to never play on or around a lawn mower, even when it is not in use.
When accidents happen, Shriners Hospitals for Children® is there to help get kids back on track, providing innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research, and outstanding medical education.
For more summer safety tips, visit ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.
Gratefully yours,
John Cinotto
John A. Cinotto
Chairman of the Board
Shriners Hospitals for Children®

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