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Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 04/16/2014


WTAE-TV: 3 Keys to Keeping Kids Safe in Summer

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

With the temperature rising during the summer months, so does the number of emergency rooms treating kids who get hurt while trying to enjoy some fun in the sun.

WTAE Channel 4 Action News anchor Michelle Wright talked to the chairman of the department of emergency medicine at West Penn Hospital to learn the top tips for parents to keep their kids out of a doctor's office this summer.

No. 1: Always wear a helmet

Whether riding a bike, skateboard or roller blades, a helmet can dramatically reduce the risk of injury.

"Studies have shown that we can reduce serious injury to children by up to 80 percent so that's a big thing to remember," said Dr. Tom Campbell of West Penn Hospital.

More than 250,000 children are injured in bicycle accidents each year.

One hundred of those accidents prove fatal.

Parents should use a two-finger rule, meaning that two adult fingers should not be able to fit between a child's eyes and helmet to prevent it from sitting too far back.

To read more or see the report, visit WTAE-TV's web site.

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