- However, accidental injury remains the leading killer of kids. With spring upon us, Safe Kids offers tips to keep children safe.
In a 20th anniversary national report by Safe Kids USA, accidental injuries in children have decreased 45 percent since 1987. "The statistics show tremendous progress, but we can't lose sight that accidental injury remains the leading killer of our nation's kids and that many of these injuries can be prevented," says Bobbi Paper, Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead coordinator. "But more still needs to be done."
Tips From Safe Kids - What Parents Can Do
According to Safe Kids, the four leading causes of death from accidental injuries to children 14 and under are suffocation (19 percent), motor vehicle occupant injuries (16 percent), drowning (16 percent) and pedestrian incidents (11 percent). Here are 10 steps to help keep kids safe:
1. Make sure your children wear helmets and other protective gear every time they bike, skate, skateboard or ride a scooter.
2. Teach your children to cross streets at corners and look left, right and left again before crossing. Make sure children younger than 10 always cross the street with an adult.
3. Always keep your eyes on your children when they are playing in or near water.
4. Always make sure your children wear life jackets when riding in boats or playing in or near open bodies of water.
5. Properly secure your children under age 13 in a back seat every time they ride in a car.
6. Keep your children in the right type of car or booster seat until adult lap and shoulder belts fit them correctly.
7. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and outside of every sleeping area. Change the batteries once a year, and test them monthly.
8. Do not place blankets, pillows or other soft items in a baby's crib. Keep small items such as toy parts, coins, buttons and beads away from children under age three.
9. Keep poisonous items, such as medicines and cleaners, locked away and out of reach of children.
10. Do not let your children play on stairs, furniture, balconies, roofs, or in driveways, streets or parking lots.
- For more information or for a copy of the annual report, "Report to the Nation: Trends in Unintentional Childhood Injury Mortality and Parental Views on Child Safety," visit usa.safekids.org.
- Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under, and is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury.
- MeritCare Children's Hospital and Kohl's are sponsors for Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead.