TAMPA, Fla., May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Warmer weather and time off from school can mean an increase in serious accidents for children, but Shriners Hospitals for Children® is trying to change that with the help of parents, caregivers and kids. A nationwide program is encouraging kids to be Superheroes of Summer Safety and to #EarnYourCape by following tips to reduce the risk of injuries during the summer months.
Swimming-related incidents, playground accidents, as well as campfire and fire pit burns are some of the more common and potentially life-altering childhood injuries that can occur during this time of year. Shriners Hospitals is spreading important safety reminders to avoid these injuries with events at various hospital locations throughout the United States, featuring NASCAR driver David Ragan.
"As a father and Shriner, I know that within seconds a fun-filled day can take a turn when an unexpected accident occurs," said Ragan. "Shriners Hospitals and I want to provide families with simple ways to reduce the risk of childhood injuries so that kids can enjoy a safe summer."
With the help of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), over 175,000 printed safety materials have been distributed to kids and families since March, raising awareness in time for summer break.
"We understand school nurses are the foundation for student health," said Chris Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Providing them with additional resources to help improve the health and safety of children is just another way we send Love to the rescue®."
As leaders in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children urges parents and caregivers to remind kids of these simple precautions to keep them injury-free this summer:
- At the playground, slide feet first and swing sitting down
- Keep children inside when lawn mowers are in use
- Keep several feet away from fire pits, campfires or grills
- Only swim with an adult present and wear a lifejacket on open water
- Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen
Become a Superhero of Summer Safety and #EarnYourCape so you can enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. For engaging activity books for children, additional safety tips and flyers, or for information on treatments available at Shriners Hospitals, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/safesummer.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Learn more at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
About David Ragan
David Ragan is a two-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with a long history of being at the top of the sport. Beginning his racing career in his youth, Ragan reached the top of NASCAR at a young age. Signed to race for Roush Fenway Racing, Ragan earned Rookie of The Year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and runner-up for the Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year. He has Monster Energy Cup wins at the famed Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Ragan currently races the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports.
Off the track, Ragan serves as an official Love to the rescue® ambassador and is a member of Shriners International.
About National Association of School Nurses
The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, first organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has more than 16,000 members and 50 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas school nurses. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing. Please visit us on the web at nasn.org.
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