SAFE KIDS Coalition: Injuries to Kids Spike in the Summertime; Three Million Trips to Emergency Rooms Expected Nationwide

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Minnesota Safety Council

    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, children will be
 rushed to emergency rooms nationwide nearly 3 million times for serious
 injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes,
 pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards.  While parents and children
 think of summer as the season for fun, emergency room doctors know it as
 "trauma season."
     Unintentional injuries ("accidents") are the leading killer of children
 ages 14 and under.  More than 2,500 children die each summer due to
 preventable injuries.  These tragedies peak during the summer when children
 are supervised less, have more free time and engage in more outdoor
 activities.  Through public awareness campaigns like National SAFE KIDS
 Week -- May 5-12 -- the Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition seeks to educate parents
 about the potential risks to children.
     "The fun and relaxation of summer can be deceptive when it comes to
 safety.  Kids are exposed to more dangers because they are more active," said
 Amy Carroll-Olson, coordinator of the Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition.  "The
 good news is the majority of these can be averted by taking a few simple
 steps."
 
     Research study on the way
     A new nationwide report on trauma season, highlighting the biggest
 summertime risks to children, will be released by the National SAFE KIDS
 Campaign on May 3, 2001, in advance of National SAFE KIDS Week.  Two new
 surveys looking at the safety attitudes and behaviors of adults and children
 (ages 7 to 12) will also be released.  For more information or for a copy of
 the report and surveys, contact the National SAFE KIDS communications
 department at 202-662-0600 or visit http://www.safekids.org
 
     Local resources
     The Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety
 Council, offers child safety fact sheets, online activities for children and
 adults, and information about childhood injury prevention programs and
 resources at http://www.mnsafetycouncil.org/kids/index.htm
 
     The Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition is a part of the National SAFE KIDS
 Campaign, the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the
 prevention of unintentional childhood injury, the number one killer of
 children ages 14 and under.  More than 300 state and local SAFE KIDS
 Coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico comprise
 the Campaign.  Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., ScD, is
 chairman of the Campaign.  Johnson & Johnson is the Campaign's founding
 sponsor. The Minnesota Safety Council, which coordinates the Minnesota SAFE
 KIDS Coalition, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making
 Minnesota safer place to live.
 
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SOURCE Minnesota Safety Council
    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, children will be
 rushed to emergency rooms nationwide nearly 3 million times for serious
 injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes,
 pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards.  While parents and children
 think of summer as the season for fun, emergency room doctors know it as
 "trauma season."
     Unintentional injuries ("accidents") are the leading killer of children
 ages 14 and under.  More than 2,500 children die each summer due to
 preventable injuries.  These tragedies peak during the summer when children
 are supervised less, have more free time and engage in more outdoor
 activities.  Through public awareness campaigns like National SAFE KIDS
 Week -- May 5-12 -- the Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition seeks to educate parents
 about the potential risks to children.
     "The fun and relaxation of summer can be deceptive when it comes to
 safety.  Kids are exposed to more dangers because they are more active," said
 Amy Carroll-Olson, coordinator of the Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition.  "The
 good news is the majority of these can be averted by taking a few simple
 steps."
 
     Research study on the way
     A new nationwide report on trauma season, highlighting the biggest
 summertime risks to children, will be released by the National SAFE KIDS
 Campaign on May 3, 2001, in advance of National SAFE KIDS Week.  Two new
 surveys looking at the safety attitudes and behaviors of adults and children
 (ages 7 to 12) will also be released.  For more information or for a copy of
 the report and surveys, contact the National SAFE KIDS communications
 department at 202-662-0600 or visit http://www.safekids.org
 
     Local resources
     The Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety
 Council, offers child safety fact sheets, online activities for children and
 adults, and information about childhood injury prevention programs and
 resources at http://www.mnsafetycouncil.org/kids/index.htm
 
     The Minnesota SAFE KIDS Coalition is a part of the National SAFE KIDS
 Campaign, the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the
 prevention of unintentional childhood injury, the number one killer of
 children ages 14 and under.  More than 300 state and local SAFE KIDS
 Coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico comprise
 the Campaign.  Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., ScD, is
 chairman of the Campaign.  Johnson & Johnson is the Campaign's founding
 sponsor. The Minnesota Safety Council, which coordinates the Minnesota SAFE
 KIDS Coalition, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making
 Minnesota safer place to live.
 
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 SOURCE  Minnesota Safety Council