Each year, an average of 450 Utah children die in Utah. Approximately one-third of these deaths are due to injury. Injuries are mostly preventable, yet they continue to be the leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 18 in Utah. Katrina Jensen, RN with Intermountain Moms gives parents some advice for this time of year.
Helmet safety: Bikes, skateboards, and ATV’s: always wear helmets and get training for ATV’s that is required by law.
Pedestrian safety: Days are longer but don’t be fooled with the added daylight. Make sure kids have reflective gear on clothing, bikes, and scooters.
Water safety: Tragedies happen in a blink of an eye. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for children in Utah under the age of 14.
Sun safety: Most sun damage occurs before the age of 18. If they’re not in the shade between 10-2:00pm kids should have sunscreen on to protect them.
Car safety: Car seats/seat belts whenever your child is in a moving vehicle. DON’T leave any child in the car during the summer months unattended (33% of children who die in a hot car are under 1 year of age).
Firearm safety: Keep all firearms LOCKED UP.
Falls safety: Make sure window screens are secure. Falls from second stories or higher are more common in the summer.