Child safety concerns rise in summer

Schools are out and accident risks are higher for children now that summer’s helmet

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.

  • http://hayspost Just a guy

    All part of growing up. I remember spending the end of a couple summers with my arm in a cast as a result of daredevil bicycle stunts.

  • uncle thomas

    I never had gloves, pads, helmets, mouth guards, etc. Road the bike or skateboard everyday to the swimming pool and at the ball field in the evening.

  • inkslinger

    i believe in protecting kids, but i have to agree. i was a kid when skateboards were almost banned or deemed unsafe, and i did OK with no pads and such, heck i was 9 years old and downhill boarding going 40mph on a long board, but kids today are WAY too overprotected, could be why there are a bunch of little “wimps” or obese kids in society today. dont want to scratch little johnny, so we will take him to McDonalds, eat up kid

  • chris

    can’t even let the kids play out in the yard unless a parent is out there with them anymore. if you do the cops get called.

    when I was growing up all of us kids were out and about and our moms didn’t see us until lunch then again when the street lights came on and dad yells for us.