National Childhood Injury Prevention Week is Sept 1st-7th

natl injury preventionNational Childhood Injury Prevention Week is September 1st – 7th.

Did you know?

20.6 million kids are injured each year!

  • that’s 56, 000 kids a day!
  • 22, 000 children die each year due to injuries
  • 60, 000 are permanently disabled

90% of these injuries to young children occur at home!

  • 10,600,000 doctor’s visits each year are for young children’s injuries
  • 8,700,000 ER visits are for young children’s injuries
  • Cost to the US health system each year?  $347 Billion!

Take a MINUTE to take stock of your home and prevent injuries

  • Poisonings:  Lock all items out of your child’s reach.  Use child resistant containers
  • Drownings:  Never leave children unattended near pools, toilets, bathtubs, showers, hot tubs, animal troughs, outside pails, diaper pails
  • Fires and Burns:  Keep children away from stoves and fireplaces.  Lock up lighters and matches.  Keep smoke detectors and fire extinguishers functioning.  Check water temperature for baths
  • Choking:  Keep the house free of small objects which are a choking threat (including pennies)
  • Falls: Secure windows, doors.  Remove tripping hazards and keep paths well lit.  Bathroom surfaces should be non-slip
  • Electrical:  Cover outlets and keep plugs locked.  Secure cords to prevent tripping.
  • Suffocation/Strangulation:  Keep all plastic wraps and garbage bags out of reach.  Keep wires, cords and strings out of reach.