Every summer, Kentucky Children's Hospital, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, admits children with preventable injuries.
Some children don't recover.
Fortunately, up to 90 percent of injuries are preventable, especially if you are aware of the risk.
For example, swimming pools and lakes pose multiple hazards.
Unattended children can be drawn to water. Unfortunately, many of these unsupervised children suffer irreparable head injuries or even death.
Diving into shallow areas can cause spinal injuries. Children should never dive into bodies of water less than 12 feet deep.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning was the cause of death in 30 percent of children between the ages of 1 and 4.
We know toddlers enjoy their newfound mobility and love investigating their surroundings. However, we must remain vigilant because most children who are injured when unattended are reported to be out of sight for less than five minutes.
There are also hazards on land. Kentucky leads the country in all-terrain vehicle deaths. Children do not belong on ATVs. Although it might look like fun, children simply do not have the motor skills to handle vehicles with such power and poor handling.
Bicycle injuries are also a frequent reason children come to Kentucky Children's Hospital during the summer. Bicycle safety is an important skill that requires constant reinforcement. Children must learn to share the road with automobiles, and this carries a great responsibility. Wearing a helmet is a must.
According to the U.S. Consumer Production Safety Commission, more than 200,000 injuries occur each year in children from trampoline-related injuries. Unfortunately, the popularity of trampolines continues to increase despite the risks.
Recreational use of trampolines is unsafe, even under adult supervision.
Did you know the CPSC has resources on building safe backyard playgrounds? A free handbook, available on its Web site, includes how much mulch or pea gravel you should use to prevent injuries from falls. This guide is a must for anyone who has playground equipment in their backyard.