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1 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! preschool safety program Courtesy of Seattle Fire Department Public Health of Seattle/King County Emergency Medical Services Division Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

2 Early Childhood Injuries Injuries are the leading cause of death for children three to five years old. Each year, 25 percent of all children suffer an injury severe enough to require medical attention, cause absence from school and/or bed rest. Common Injuries to Young Children Car crashes Fires/burns/scalds Drowning Falls/head injuries Poisoning Pedestrian This booklet contains ideas to help you keep your child safe. Developed by Seattle Fire Department Public Health of Seattle/King County Emergency Medical Services Division 2 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

3 Contents Overview Car safety Fire/burn/scald safety Water safety Head injury safety Poison safety Pedestrian safety Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents 3

4 Car Crashes Car Crash Facts Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children. Riding unrestrained is the single greatest risk factor for death and injury among child motor vehicle occupants. Among children killed riding in motor vehicle crashes in 2002, 50 percent were not using safety restraints at the time of the collision. An estimated 85 percent of children who are placed in child safety seats and booster seats are improperly restrained. Most crashes (75 percent) occur within 25 miles of home. The majority also occur on roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or less. 4 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

5 Car Safety Checklist Car Safety Checklist for Parents of Young Children Children 12 and under should be properly restrained in the back seat. Infants should ride in rear facing safety seats as long as possible; until they are at least 12 months old and weigh at least 20 pounds. Children who are at least 1-year-old, weigh pounds, and can no longer ride rear facing should ride in forward facing child safety seats. Children pounds should be correctly secured in belt positioning boosters or other appropriate child restraints until the adult lap and shoulder belts fit correctly (around age 8 or 4 9 ). Once the vehicle safety belts fit children, both lap and shoulder belts should be correctly used. New Washington State law states: A child who is 8 years of age or older or 4 9 or taller shall be properly restrained with the motor vehicle s safety belt properly adjusted and fastened around the child s body or an appropriate fitting child restraint system. Any safety seat must be installed and used according to the manufacturer s instructions and your vehicle owner s manual. Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents 5

6 Burns, Scalds & Fires Burn and Scald Facts 95 percent of scalds (a burn caused by hot liquid or water) occur among children under five years of age. Burns, including scalds, are the second leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of five. Fire Facts Fires are the number-one cause of death in the home for children under five, and the estimates are that more than one third of those children died in fires started by themselves or by other young children. Children in homes without working smoke alarms are at the greatest risk for death and injury from fire. Sadly, a number of children who die in fires set them all by themselves. Keeping matches and lighters hidden where kids can t reach them is still one of the most effective methods of fire prevention. Burn Safety Checklist for Parents of Young Children Set the water heater in your home to a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The recommended bath temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit. When holding a child, don t drink hot liquids. This reduces the likelihood that the beverage could spill and scald the child. 6 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

7 Burn, Scald & Fire Safety Checklists Use the back burners of the stove when cooking and keep pot handles turned inward to prevent hot foods from spilling. Take extra precautions when microwaving children s food. Steam can burn. Don t let children remove from the microwave. Let it cool before serving. Supervise children closely whenever hot things around (stoves, irons, food, bath water, etc.) Fire Safety Checklist for Parents of Young Children Keep matches and lighters out of a child s reach. Children may be intrigued by fire, so teach them that matches and lighters are tools for adults, not toys. Teach young children to tell you if they find matches or lighters. Install smoke alarms. Let children hear the smoke alarm, and explain what it means. If you need smoke alarms and can t afford them, contact the Fire Department. Plan and practice with your children the way to escape from your home if there is a fire. During a fire, cooler and cleaner air is near the floor. Show and practice with your children how to crawl low under the smoke while escaping. If your clothes catch fire, stop don t run. Drop to the ground and roll. Show and practice stop-drop-and-roll with your children. Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents 7

8 Drowning Drowning Facts For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near drowning. Children especially younger ones can drown in as little as 1 inch of water. Child drowning typically occurs when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death to children ages 1 to 14, taking more than 900 children s lives each year. 8 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

9 Water Safety Checklist Water Safety Checklist for Parents of Young Children Never leave children alone near water, whether indoors or out. Never allow children to run, push, or jump on others around water. Young children should always wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets when on or near the water. Inflatable inner tubes and water wings are not safety devices. Teach children to swim. Make sure children swim within designated swimming areas of rivers, lakes and oceans. Learn infant and child CPR. Keep toilet lids down. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. Children in baby bath seats must be within arm s reach every second. Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents 9

10 Head Injuries Head Injury Facts Head injuries related to bicycle riding, skateboarding and other similar activities are very high for elementary aged children. Preschool age children are also at risk for these devastating head injuries. Children age four and under are more likely to be injured in a non-street location such as the driveway, garage or sidewalk. Proper Fitting for Bike & Sport Helmets The helmet should sit flat atop the head, not tilted back at an angle. The helmet should fit snugly and should not obstruct the wearer s field of vision. The chinstrap of the helmet should fit securely and the buckle should stay fastened. 10 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

11 Head Safety Checklist Head Safety Checklist for Parents of Young Children Set a good example for the children in your care by properly wearing a helmet when you ride a bike, skate, or do any activity that considers a helmet as part of the recommended safety equipment. Make sure the children in your care are properly fitted with a helmet when they ride bikes, trikes or skate. Helmets should fit snuggly and cover the forehead. A helmet must be worn properly to be most effective in preventing head injuries. Teach children to wear their helmet every time they ride or skate. Explain to them that wearing a helmet is part of the biking or skating equipment. Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents 11

12 Poisoning Poisoning Facts Preschool children have a high incidence of poisonings. This is most likely due to their exploratory nature and to improperly stored products. In the year 2000, there were 920 deaths caused by poisoning. Poison control centers received calls regarding 2.2 million poisonings more than half of those calls were for children under the age of six. Treating Poisoning While preventing poisoning is the best method, it is still important to know what to do if a poisoning does occur. Call the Poison Center immediately. This should always be the first step. The number is and should be kept near your telephone. If the poison is on the skin, remove any clothing that the poison has touched and rinse the skin under running water for minutes. If the poison was inhaled, get the child to fresh air. If the poison got into the eyes, rinse them with running water for minutes. If the poison was swallowed, do not give the child anything to eat or drink. Do not make the child throw up unless directed to do so by the Poison Center or a medical professional. 12 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

13 Poison Safety Checklist Poison Safety Checklist for Parents of Young Children Use items that are in child resistant packaging. But recognize that child resistant does not mean child proof. Children have been known to open child resistant packages to get at what they think might be something to eat or drink, like candy or soda pop. Store these items in a secure area out of the reach of children. Teach your young children that they should never put anything in their mouth without asking a grown-up first. Help them to understand that eating, drinking or even playing with the wrong things can make them very sick. Use Mr. Yuk stickers in your home. For information on obtaining Mr. Yuk stickers, please call the Washington Poison Center at Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents 13

14 Pedestrian Injuries Pedestrian Injury Facts Knowing when and where children are most at risk of being injured as a pedestrian is important. By understanding the risks associated with child pedestrians, efforts to prevent injuries can be put in place. Anytime children are near areas where cars drive they are at risk. Areas such as driveways, parking lots and residential streets, usually near the child s home, are the most common places a preschool aged child may sustain an injury as a pedestrian. The risk of pedestrian injury is increased as more cars become present. It is no surprise that preschool aged pedestrians are more likely to be involved in crashes in the late afternoon and early evening, especially when the weather is nice. 14 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

15 Pedestrian Safety Checklist Pedestrian Safety Checklist for Parents of Young Children Supervise children closely, especially in areas where cars may be driving. Areas to be particularly cautious include: driveways, parking lots, and residential streets and cul-desacs. Set a good example. Always cross at a corner or at the crosswalk rather than mid-block especially if you are crossing with a child. If you cross at mid-block between parked cars, so will your kids. Take the time at the street corner to remind children of safe crossing rules look both ways, listen for cars, and, when it is clear, safely cross the street. If signal lights are present, follow them, but still look both ways before crossing. Teach children to never chase toys, pets or people into the street. They should get a grown-up to help them retrieve whatever went into the street. Remember that preschoolers are young and may not yet be able to appropriately judge the speed of an approaching car and need the help of their caregivers to be safe. Smart Kids! Safe Kids! Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents 15

16 Smart Kids! Safe Kids! preschool safety program Courtesy of Seattle Fire Department Public Health of Seattle/King County Emergency Medical Services Division Injury Prevention Checklists for Parents

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