ATLANTA (May 21, 2013) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has released its 2013 Summer Safety Tips, which focuses on five aspects of summer safety that parents and children can put into play to ensure that more time is spent poolside than bedside. The list includes helpful advice to promote water, play, sun and skin, heat and fireworks safety.
“Unintentional Injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14,” said James Fortenberry, M.D., Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Kids can’t wait for summer. However, along with school vacation, warm weather and outdoor sports comes an extra dose of responsibility for parents.”
Children’s has created a special section of their website dedicated to summer safety awareness. Parents can visit choa.org/summersafety to educate themselves and their children on ways to have a safe and healthy summer. The tips include:
- Water Safety – Drowning takes the lives of nearly 900 kids each year. Practicing water safety including boat, pool, swimming, life jacket and general water safety can help prevent this.
- Play Safety – The season for extended daylight and outdoor activity is also the season for broken bones and accidental injuries. Being aware of playground, ATV, helmet, bike and summer equipment safety can prevent injuries.
- Sun and Skin Safety – Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer that can spread rapidly to different parts of the body, accounts for up to three percent of pediatric cancer. Protect your kids by taking measures to prevent sunburn, and know the effects of excessive sun exposure.
- Heat Safety – Each year, young athletes and children die from heat-related illness, which is completely preventable. Learn ways to prevent heat illness, keep kids hydrated on and off the field, and understand how to protect babies and young children from the heat.
- Fireworks Safety – When it comes to fireworks safety, stick to the professionals and keep kids away. Doing so can prevent burns, the most common fireworks injury.
"Summer shouldn’t be a scary time, but it also shouldn’t be spent in the hospital," said Dr. Fortenberry. "By taking a few extra measures, parents can make sure that their kids have a healthy and safe summer."
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