The summer season provides several opportunities for fun, relaxation, and recreation, but it is also the season in which children are at the highest risk for unintentional injury or death. According to a recent report from the Safe Kids Worldwide Association, nearly half of all unintentional childhood deaths and injuries occur between the months of May and August (with most incidents occurring in July). Take steps to prevent a visit to the emergency room and protect your child with these simple summer safety tips from Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose:
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among children under 14 and among teenagers. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that child passenger fatalities rise 20 percent above the monthly average during summer, with the highest concentration around the summer holidays. Be sure to use a safety seat that is appropriate for your child’s height and weight, and never leave them unattended inside a vehicle. Be aware that IIHS statistics indicate that teenage drivers have the highest risk of fatal automotive collision, especially around age 16.
Drowning is the second-leading cause of death in children under 14, and the rate of water-related incidents increases by 89 percent during warm-weather months. According the Safe Kids report, nine out of 10 fatal events result from a brief oversight during supervision. Help keep children safe from water-related injuries by utilizing items like protective fencing, pool covers, and alarms, and by keeping them in constant visual contact during swimming activities whether or not they know how to swim. Encourage children to use proper safety equipment for other activities such as biking, skateboarding, or high-contact sports, and be sure that items such as helmets meet the necessary safety standards.
We here at Good Samaritan Hospital know that some accidents are unavoidable, which is why we strive to provide residents of Santa Clara County with access to quality healthcare and emergency care services. Take advantage of our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line by calling (888) 724-2362 for more information.