Protecting children from preventable injuries

By Roslyn Giles


Summer is the ideal time to have plenty of outdoor fun, but you need to be smart to avoid injury.  As kids participate in recreational activities, there are precautions parents can take to arm their children with the proper protective gear.

The Columbus Department of Public Health recommends all kids wear a helmet when biking and the right sized life-jacket when swimming.  "Parents should not purchase a life-jacket that's too big with the intention of the child growing into it. When the jacket is too big, the child can easily slip through," said Pamela Fair, PIO.

The Centers for Disease Control indicates that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children. The second leading cause is falls.

To help parents better protect their children, The CDPH is unveiling a new theme this year, "Safety is No Accident: Live Injury Free.  Fair released the following tips.

  • All Children under 13 should ride in the back seat
  • Select a car seat based on your child's age and size
  • Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle
  • Remember, vehicles heat up quickly

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted crash tests using mechanical dummies designed to behave like humans.  It shows a properly restrained rear-facing car seat barely moved at the point of impact.  However, an improperly installed car seat extended forward and caused a head injury.