Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Preventable Injuries Claim the Lives of More Than
2,000 Children Each Summer

Safe Kids Kansas offers safety tips to keep children injury-free during "trauma season"

Topeka -- While summer is a memorable time for most children, less time in the classroom and more time going swimming, bike riding, or playing in the back yard can lead to a higher exposure to serious, yet preventable, injuries. But there are some simple steps parents can take to ensure that children enjoy their favorite summertime activities while avoiding a visit to the emergency room.

This summer across the U.S., children ages 14 and under will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million times for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes, pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards. “In the injury prevention community, summer is also known as ‘trauma season’ because of the dramatic increase in the number of children injured from May through August,” said Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. Sadly, by the end of this summer, more than 2,000 children in the U.S. will die because of injuries that could have been prevented.”

Parents and caregivers should keep these tips in mind so safety stays a top priority this summer:

Active supervision, proper protective gear, and other simple prevention steps will help your child avoid danger. For more information about summer safety, call us at 785-296-1223, 785-296-0351, or visit www.safekids.org.

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. Local coalitions and chapters cover Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Butler, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Geary, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kiowa, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Mitchell, Montgomery, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Smith, Sumner and Wilson counties, as well as the city of Emporia and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.) Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org and on Facebook.