Happy Birthday, America! Fireworks, cookouts, lemonade stands, family vacations, and fresh fruit pies—that’s what July is all about. However, for small children, this family fun holiday, can turn into a nightmare!
The combination of fireworks, hot dogs and swimming can pose a threat to children if adult supervision in not present. It is easy to get distracted when talking with friends and family in a party atmosphere, however, the rule of the day, watch your children!
While many consider sparklers to be safe, it’s important to remember that you are, in fact, playing with fire: Sparklers can burn at more than 1,000 degrees F. Statistics show that 40% of fireworks injuries happen to children less than 15 years of age, 23% of which happen to children under the age of five!
Bottom line…….simple! Don’t allow children to handle sparklers!
Tips in case of an injury:
• If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital.
• If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye, and immediately seek medical attention — your child’s eyesight may depend on it.
• If it’s a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor immediately.
Believe it or not, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, choking is a leading cause of injury and death in young children. Food is one of the main culprits, causing 60 percent of the 17,000 of choking cases that land kids in the emergency room each year.
Hot dogs are the food most commonly associated with fatal choking among children, due to the cylindrical shape that seems custom-made to lodge in a kid’s throat. Between 66 and 77 children under age 10 die from choking on food each year.
So be sure to cut the hot dogs into pieces that are a half inch or less, half or quarter size !
It is the summer and time for fun, sun and swimming. However danger lurks in these summer activities. Every year 300 children under the age of five drown in a residential swimming pool.
FACT: 75% of the dead or injured children were between the ages of 1 and 3 years.
FACT: 75% of the children who did drown their deaths were because of a lapse in adult supervision. 90% of the parents said that they were closely supervising the child.
FACT: 65% of the injuries occur in a family-owned pool and 33% of the pool related injuries occurred at the pool of a friend or relative.
Prevent a tragedy by always be sure someone is in charge of supervision. It only takes a minute for tragedy to strike. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Drowning accidents can occur anywhere, even in your own backyard.
It is better to be safe than sorry. Enjoy your holiday and make it a safe one!