Helping Your Kids Avoid Unintentional Injuries In The Summer

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Helping Your Kids Avoid Unintentional Injuries In The Summer

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM CDT

According to the centers for disease control, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for American children.

And when the weather turns warm and school lets out - those numbers spike.

How can you keep your kids safe during the summer?
Barbara Reyelts has the story for Connect with kids.

"And you also have a big bump on your head."
Dr. Nelson

"Were you wearing a helmet?" "No, ma'am." "No?"

LAWNMOWER INJURIES...

"Right here on his belly, this is where the blades cut."

CAR WRECKS...

"He totally got run over, the whole car ran over him completely, he had tire marks on his chest and broke- I mean, when we saw him it was just awful."

AND DROWNINGS...

"He's drowning! Who? The baby! How old? Three! Three-years-old?

Yes, please hurry!"

SUMMER IS THE DEADLIEST TIME FOR KIDS.

"Summer is injury season for children. They're out playing jumping, riding, playing outside, they're doing all sorts of things- they're gonna get hurt."

In fact, according to the non-profit group 'safe kids,' between May and August 17 children will die every single day..

Another 2.4 million children end up in the emergency room .

Experts say to keep your kids safe make them wear a helmet, always wear a seat belt, keep them hydrated, cover them in sunscreen, and because drownings increase by ninety percent in the summer teach them how to swim .

"Get swimming lessons for your children. If you haven't had them as an adult get swimming lessons for yourself. It's never too late to learn how to swim. And nothing replaces knowing how to swim and being comfortable in water."

Experts say no safety device is a replacement for parental supervision.

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