Child safety concerns rise in summer
Child safety advocates say emergency room visits and accidental deaths for children under the age of 15 spike between May and August. Jennifer Hoekstra with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., says nearly 40 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and deaths happen during those months.
Drowning and motor vehicle accidents are two of the top causes, while suffocation, poisoning and falls are also common.
The organization Safe Kids World Wide says more than 9,000 children die each years from injuries suffered in such incidents each year.
Hoekstra says precautions, such as helmets for children riding bicycles, skateboards and scooters, and adult supervision are essential to keeping safe during summertime play.