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KDKA-TV: Top reasons children end up injured, visit emergency rooms in the summer season

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Warm weather, pool parties, outdoor sports, holiday celebrations are the fun stuff of summer. 

But sometimes the fun can go wrong, and kids can end up needing emergency medical care for crashes, burns and drowning.

Crashes
On bikes, in cars, or just crossing the street, kids can be involved in a crash.

Bike helmets should fit well, two fingers above the eyes, with the strap snug under the chin and the Y's just below the ears.

"Some of the golden rules about safety: pads, helmets, helmets, helmets can prevent a lot of injuries," says Dr. William Keough, a pediatrician at Allegheny General Hospital.

Avoiding busy roads can reduce the risk.

"Try to keep to the parks and other places," he advises.

Make sure you have a properly fitted car seat -- area hospitals and police departments can help.

Be aware, one in 10 pedestrian injuries happen in a driveway, so be sure to check all the way around your car before heading out.

Burns
What would summer be without fire? But have a healthy respect.

Be careful lighting the grill and keep an eye on who is nearby.

"Children are running around and someone has their back turned for a few minutes, and they either touch the side of the grill or they touch the grate, and they'll get a burn of the hand, and some of those can be very deep burns," says West Penn Hospital Burn Center's Dr. Larry Jones.

And don't play practical jokes, like in one real-life situation with a pocket full of fireworks.

 

To read more or see the video, visit the KDKA-TV web site.

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