Safe Kids Midlands
Palmetto Health Richland
7 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
PHONE (803) 434-2955
FAX (803) 434-7379
Childhood memories are flavored with fun summertime activities including trips to the beach, walks to the ice cream shop and rides around the neighborhood. But while you and your kids enjoy the seemingly carefree elements of summer, emergency room doctors know it as "trauma season." This summer children ages 14 and under will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million times for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes, , falls and other accidents. More than 2,500 of these children will die.
Tragedies peak during the summer months (May to August). Don't take a vacation from safety. Close supervision, proper gear, and other simple steps will help your child avoid danger.
Your kids love summer! They don't have to go to school, they can stay up late and best of all - they have all day to play. Follow the safety tips below to make sure their summer memories are safe ones.
Make sure your kids are secured in the appropriate child safety seat or safety belt for their age and size.
Always supervise young children near water, including pools, spas, toilets, bathtubs and buckets.
Insist your children wear personal flotation devices when out on boats, near open bodies of water or participating in water sports.
Make sure your kids wear properly fitting helmets and other protective gear every time they ride their bikes, scooters, inline skates or skateboards.
Teach your children the rules of the road and practice obeying traffic laws with them.
Never let your child under age 10 cross the street alone. Teach children to obey traffic rules.
Don't let your kids walk alone at night. If they must walk at dawn or at dusk, make sure they carry a flashlight.
Always supervise your children at playgrounds or in the backyard.
Swimming is a fun summertime activity. Watch your child every minute they are in or near the water.
Don't let kids play with fireworks. Fireworks injure about 4,000 kids a year. Actively supervise your child when fireworks are being used.
Reminders of summertime safety tips from Safe Kids USA
Quiz for parents teach summer safety in an interactive way.
Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle!