May 18th is Safe Kids Day: Tips to Reduce Preventable Injuries in Your Garage or Driveway
Every year, 9,000 families lose a child because of a preventable injury. That’s one child every 30 seconds globally due to tragedies such as fires, falls, drownings, and car crashes. In the United States alone, nearly 9 million children are treated for injuries in emergency rooms for injuries that can affect them for a lifetime. What can you do to help reduce these preventable injuries? On Saturday, May 18, 2013, more than 100 communities across the United States will celebrate Safe Kids Day to raise awareness and funds to protect our kids.
Kids are going to explore. They fall, slip, crash, it’s part of being a kid. I will NEVER forget the moment I ran to answer my young son’s frightened screams to discover him holding up a tipping dresser with a 100-pound tube television teetering on the top, his little fingers pinched inside the drawer he was using to climb to the top. Thankfully, I arrived in time to protect him from being hurt.
But those dangers are also present outside our homes: Each year, more than 9,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occurred while they were unattended in or around motor vehicles parked in the garage or driveway. Visit the Safe Kids Driveway Safety Page to learn ways you can prevent injuries that may occur when drivers are unaware of children near vehicles.
The moms here at AskPatty know you’re often in a hurry when you’re leaving the house, but before you get into your car to drive away, take a few seconds to walk all the way around your parked car to check for children. It happens too often that our little ones might follow us outside to say goodbye as we are leaving, and this is also a great way to protect family pets who might be lounging or also prevent backing over toys that may have been left out from earlier playtime.
If you drive a vehicle with large blindzones such as a sport utility vehicle or truck, consider installing an aftermarket backup camera. According to KidsandCars.org, up to 50 backover accidents resulting in two deaths occur every week in the United States, so adding visibility behind your vehicle will give you peace of mind whenever you’re backing up.
When it comes to safety for your children, you should know the basics: buckle up, wear a helmet, learn to swim, look both ways. Click to enlarge the image on the right to learn some lesser-known tips to make your family even safer in 7 easy steps.
Click here to use the Safe Kids Day map to find out what’s planned in your community and join in the celebration, and be sure to click to view the large size of the infographic below to learn more about Safe Kids Day.