Child safety concerns rise in summer

Schools are out and accident risks are higher for children now that summer’s here.

Child safety advocates say emergency room visits and accidental deaths for children under the age of 15 spike between May and August. Jennifer Hoekstra with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., says nearly 40 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and deaths happen during those months.

Drowning and motor vehicle accidents are two of the top causes, while suffocation, poisoning and falls are also common.

The organization Safe Kids World Wide says more than 9,000 children die each years from injuries suffered in such incidents each year.

Hoekstra says precautions, such as helmets for children riding bicycles, skateboards and scooters, and adult supervision are essential to keeping safe during summertime play.

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007-w-34-(Matt Small, AP correspondent, with child safety expert Jennifer Hoekstra)–Summer, which is often a time of fun for many children, can also present moments of danger. AP correspondent Matt Small reports. ((opens with actuallity)) (6 Jul 2013)

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026-a-14-(Jennifer Hoekstra (HOHK’-struh), Safe Kids Program Coordinator, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, in AP interview)-”your child’s life”-Child safety expert Jennifer Hoekstra says a child can drown without a sound. (6 Jul 2013)

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027-a-09-(Jennifer Hoekstra (HOHK’-struh), Safe Kids Program Coordinator, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, in AP interview)-”give about lawnmower”-Child safety expert Jennifer Hoekstra says the leading cause of traumatic amputations to children are lawnmower accidents. (6 Jul 2013)

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028-a-07-(Jennifer Hoekstra (HOHK’-struh), Safe Kids Program Coordinator, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, in AP interview)-”wheeled-sport adventures”-Child safety expert Jennifer Hoekstra says helmets and adult supervision are the safest ways for kids to enjoy their bicycles, skateboards and scooters. (6 Jul 2013)

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