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June 17, 2013

Summer a time for fun, but safety

Hospitals report more child injuries over summer months


As the Fourth of July grows closer, Collins said awareness needs to be raised about fireworks safety as there’s “nothing like kids getting explosives to play with.” It can often lead to injuries such as burns, he said.

And then, of course, there’s the possibility of burns with the barbecues and campfires families like to indulge in during summer months.

One of the most preventable incidents is from people leaving children in hot cars, Collins said. In 95-degree weather, it can take minutes — just long enough for mom to run into the grocery store to get milk — for a baby to have a heatstroke.

”Parents really have to use a great deal of diligence,” he said. “Tragedy can strike in a moment’s notice.”

Regina Cannaday, of Anderson, has already raised her kids and has eight grandchildren. She said her biggest fear is someone snatching the kids away so she constantly supervises them when they’re playing.

”You just have to keep a close eye on them,” she said.

Because children don’t always see the dangers adults do, she added it’s important to teach them safety. And it doesn’t hurt to be strict.

”If you say no, you mean no,” she said.

Parents never think it’ll be their children hurt in incidents, Cannaday said, but it can happen.

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Summertime is a time for fun, but it's also when more children are injured in accidents. Here are a few tips the doctors who see them have to offer for safety:

  •  Always make sure your child is wearing a helmet on a bike, scooter, ATV, etc.
  • Make sure your child's bicycle or ATV is the appropriate size for them.
  • Always supervise children when they are swimming, playing near campfires, lighting fireworks, etc.
  • Never leave a child locked in a car just to run inside.
  • Provide a safe place for your child to play, such as in the backyard,


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