Frequent readers of our blog know we like to talk about safety. And this is going to be another one of those posts. It started because one of our orthopedic surgeons commented that in the last 6 days (days!) our Emergency Department has treated 2 children for lawn mowers injuries. As many of us have a summer season of lawn mowing ahead of us, it seemed like a good time to go over some tips to help keep everyone safe.
In some parts of the country, people say there are really only two seasons: winter and construction.
Add a third – “fracture season,” say experts in children’s health at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis.
We’re in the heart of it right now. Warm spring temperatures and the end of school combine to send thousands of kids into backyards and onto playgrounds, where they’re breaking their bones at startling rates-on rollerblades, on bikes, playground equipment and trampolines.
Most parents of young children are familiar with the safety section in the baby aisle of their local store where you can find just about anything – cabinet locks, furniture straps, even a bumper to protect little heads from bathtub faucets. But even the most safety-conscious of parents may forget about burn dangers that can crop up in common and not-so-common places.
Our homes are wonderful places where we get to watch our children take their first steps, learn to ride their bikes and spend many days making memories as they grow. Unfortunately, many of our homes today are also full of dangers, one of these being guns.
Here are some gun safety tips that can help make your home a safer place:
Your greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many safety steps as possible. Adding an extra safety step around the water can make all the difference. You can never know which safety step will save a life – until it does.
My brother Mike, his son Andy and my dad, went fishing off a bridge on Memorial Day. They had brought all the necessities to fish; poles, bait, a bucket and snacks. Read more