According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12,175 children aged 0 to 19 die each year due to an unintentional injury. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Types of unintentional injuries include but are not limited to motor vehicle incidents, drowning, suffocation, fire, and poisoning. National Child Safety and Protection Month recognizes these potential dangers and focuses on prevention.
Here are some ways to prevent injuries in your day to day life:
- Food Safety: When using a stove, try to use the back burners with the pot handles facing towards the back of the stove. This prevents young children from reaching the hot contents on the stove.
- Motor Vehicle Safety: When riding in the car, children should be fastened with their seat belt and sitting in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. Children should always remain sitting in the back of the vehicle until they are at least 12 years old.
- Fire Safety: Test your fire alarms regularly and put together with your children a plan in case there is a fire.
- Sleep Safety: Sleep safety for infants is as easy as ABC. Infants should sleep Alone (no excessive pillows, blankets, stuffed animals) on their Back and in their own Crib.
- Safety at Home: Keep all cleaners, medicines, and harmful substances in areas out of children’s reach or in a child-proof locked cabinet.
By practicing these safe behaviors in children’s everyday lives, together we can work to reduce unintentional injury!