Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's National Safe Kids Week this week....

Did you know that in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than six million unintentional injuries to children ages 0-14? When you break the numbers down, that essentially translates into 12 injuries per minute....isn't that number shocking?! Did you know that unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death and disability for kids, ages 1 to 14? To me, that is extremely disturbing.

The greatest amount of injuries to young children are mostly due to motor vehicle occupancy injuries, falls, bicycle-related injuries, fire and burns and poisonings. However, the positive side of all this is knowing that, with the correct information, many of these injuries can be prevented.

That's where Safe Kids USA comes into the picture....to coincide with National Safe Kids Week this week (April 26-May 3), the organization released a safety report, Raising Safe Kids: One Stage at a Time, based on extensive research, which centers on child development as it relates to unintentional injury.

In recognizing National Safe Kids Week, please visit the Raising Safe Kids: One Stage at a Time site to learn more about how you can prevent injuries from happening to your child(ren). Also, please share this information with others that you know who have young children. Together, with the helpful information provided by Safe Kids USA, hopefully the CDC's 2009 statistics for unintentional injuries to young children will have decreased exceedingly.

* All statistics were found on the Safe Kids USA site

12 comments:

Veronica Lee said...

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Tami said...

Wonderful information! THANK YOU FOR POSTING IT! I'm headed there now.

HuGZ

newlyweds said...

Thanks for the information, I'm off to check it out.

Karen said...

Thank you for the info! I always get so nervous when one of the nieces or nephews bumps their head or something. You never know what might see simple enough but turns out to be a big problem!

Tess said...

You've been tagged!

The Lane Family said...

Great information. In my "other life" I worked with two different Safe Kids Coalitions on helmet and car seat safety. I agree with you that it is sad how many children are injured and killed each year. Thanks for the post!!

Kathy B! said...

This sounds like a wonderful cause to raise awareness. I will go and check it out... So many senseless accidents...

wife.mom.nurse said...

I was hoping to hear some of your anecdotes!
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Deb said...

Great info and links--so important. I just gave you the Queen of Awe-summm award. Come by and pick it up when you get the chance!

Creative Junkie said...

Great post, Helene - something that we should always keep in mind.

The High Family said...

Just yesterday, Ryan fell off the couch twice...because he was being silly and trying to jump from the arm of the sofa (he does this when I in the kitchen and not looking). Second time he whacked his head on the concrete floor and had to have ice on his cheek. He is getting more and more "brave" so this information is just what I need to read now.

Thanks Helene!

Aim said...

great job getting the word out. I have been a child seat protection tech for about 2.5 years. it's my way of helping out.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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