Posts Tagged ‘injury’

Fireworks safety for the 4th of July

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

fireworks displayAs we head into the 4th of July weekend, many of us are excited to watch the fireworks. But setting off fireworks at home is not safe and in many states, it is not legal. Fireworks can cause burns, foreign objects entering the eye, and other serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 people required medical treatment after fireworks-related injuries.

For this reason, it is best to leave fireworks to the experts. There are many public fireworks displays that you and your family can enjoy. Here are some tips to help everyone have fun:

  • Keep a great distance from any fireworks launch sites. You can watch from an indoor location or your car windows if children become scared.
  • Fireworks displays can be upsetting for babies and for children with sensitive hearing. Learn how you can help your child enjoy a fireworks display without discomfort or a meltdown.
  • Sparklers are lots of fun, but they’re still dangerous for small children. Sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees! They should be handled only by adults or older children who know how to use them and understand they should not wave them in people’s faces.  Closely supervise anyone using sparklers. Or you can always use glow sticks as a fun alternative.
  • If you will be handling fireworks for any reason, use extreme caution. Keep children far away from you. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand and take the time to learn about fireworks safety.

With a little knowledge and planning, your whole family can enjoy the celebration. Happy Fourth of July!

Don’t you hate it when your kids get hurt?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

ouchI’ll never forget when my daughter fell in the driveway and picked up a huge pebble in her forehead.  When we pulled it out she was bloody though fine, but I nearly fainted.  Then there was the time my son fell off his bike and got a concussion and couldn’t remember anything for longer than 20 seconds at a time.  I was really nervous on the way to the hospital.

It’s summertime, the weather is great, school is out, or will be soon, and the kids are zipping around having a blast… and in their enthusiastic way, some will get hurt.  Scrapes, bruises and breaks happen a lot – par for the course.

I just read an interesting article in The New York Times about a study that shows that a serious injury to one child amazingly seems to put the other children in the family at risk for injury.  Dr. Brian Johnston at the University of Washington studied loads of children and families. According to the article, “Dr. Johnston and his colleagues studied large populations of children and found that if a child was injured seriously enough to be hospitalized, all the children in that family were at higher risk of injury for the next three months. After three months, the families’ risk returned to normal. In a follow-up prospective study published earlier this year, almost 20 percent of the families had a child injured or re-injured badly enough to need medical attention.”

I thought that was very interesting and it made me think.  If one of our kids gets seriously hurt, we should keep a close eye on everyone else for a while, not just the one with the cast on his leg.

And since we’re on the topic, here’s a link to some great home safety podcasts from the CDC.

Recalls: Dorel drop-side cribs and Graco strollers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Dorel Cribs
Once again, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of drop-side cribs. This time it’s for over 600,000 cribs distributed by Dorel. Hardware can fail causing the drop side to come loose. This can cause a baby to strangle and suffocate.

As a general rule, cribs with sides that don’t move are usually the safest option.

Graco Strollers
About 1.5 million Graco strollers have also been recalled. The hinges on the stroller’s canopy pose a hazard to children’s fingers. Several children have had fingers amputated because they were injured by the hinges. The CPSC Web site has detailed info about the recall.


Dog bites and kids

Friday, May 15th, 2009

sleeping-dogOnce when I was a kid, I was riding my bike, and a neighbor’s dog ran out and bit me on the leg. I cried all the way home. I love dogs, but I also respect them.

Next week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Thanks to dog vaccinations  and other public health efforts, rabies is rare in the United States. But it’s still a serious concern. And dog bites can also cause infection and serious injury.

Here’s what you and you family can do to protect yourselves from dog bites:

* Don’t approach an unfamiliar dog.

* Don’t run from a dog or scream when you’re around a dog.

* Be “still like a tree” if an unfamiliar dog approaches.

* If a dog knocks you down, roll into a ball and lie “still like a log.”

* Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.

* Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

* Before petting a dog, let it see and sniff you.

* Report stray dogs or dogs acting strangely to your local animal control agency.

For more information, read Dog Bite Prevention on the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TV and furniture tipovers: A hazard for baby

Friday, May 8th, 2009

big-screen-tvFurniture and TVs sometimes tip over and cause injuries. The number of these injuries is increasing. Our wonderful big-screen TVs that are so perfect for the Super Bowl are part of the problem. These are the findings of a new study published in the medical journal Clinical Pediatrics.

One out of four of these injuries occurs when children pull over or climb on furniture. For children under the age of 7, the main hazard is the television. Children may injure their heads or necks or break bones. Tthese injuries can be serious.

So what can we do?

  * Place the TV low to the ground and near the back of the stand.

  * Attach TVs and furniture to the wall with safety straps or brackets.

  * Buy furniture that has wide legs and a solid base.

  * Install drawer stops on chests that have drawers.

  * Place heavy items close to the floor on shelves.

  * Don’t put your child’s favorite toy or the remote control on top of furniture or the television. Small children love these items and will reach for them every time.

Do you know any tips that can help? Be safe, everybody.

Car injuries: Not just in traffic. Ouch!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

car-smWhen I think of an accident involving a car, I think of a crash of some kind. Someone changing lanes without looking, someone running a stop sign or red light. But other kinds of accidents can involve cars as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 800,000 people every year are injured in “non-moving” accidents involving vehicles.

The most common accidents occur when people are getting in or out of a vehicle. So as you corral yourself and your kids for a trip in the car, be cautious.

Also, to avoid injury, take care as you unload all those groceries, toys, baby bags, strollers, etc. A back, neck, shoulder or knee strain isn’t good for Mom or the family.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has tips on how to protect your back when lifting.