My heart aches every time I hear a news stories about a child who has drowned. Usually preventable, such an accidental death is one of the top summer safety concerns for parents. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, 40 percent of all injury related emergency room visits and 42 percent of all injury related deaths, for children 14 and under, occur between May and August. Yet in a recent article it is estimated that 90 percent of these accidents can be prevented by educating ourselves and our children about the key causes.
There are several preventive measure parents can take to prevent drowning and other common summertime accidents. The top ten are cited in the above mentioned article. From swimming safely and hydrating properly to avoiding poison ivy and food poisoning, a pro-active parent and an educated child can go far in being safe, while still having lots of fun in summertime. The staff here hopes you have a fun, safe and educational summer!