Do you have a new driver in the family? It marks a time of new independence and new worries for parents.
There is sound reason for concern: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of teens, ahead of all other types of injury, violence or disease. In fact, every day, six teens are killed in a car crash.
Celebrities, parents and hundreds of kids celebrated Safe Kids Day, presented by Nationwide, at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, CA on April 24th. This was just one of 224 Safe Kids Day events taking place across the United States this spring to raise awareness and funds for the programs of Safe Kids Worldwide.
Every nine minutes a child is seen in an emergency room for medicine poisoning. And in almost half of those visits (48 percent), a child got into a grandparent’s medicine. Not that parents are off the hook — 38 percent of the visits were due to a child getting into a parent’s medicine. But let’s look at why this message is important for grandparents.
For more than 12 years, Safe Kids Northeast Florida has been keeping kids safe by finding creative solutions to reach families with the information they need most. One example is their medication safety program.
The equivalent of about four school busloads of kids arrive at emergency rooms in the U.S. every day because a child accidentally got into medicine. That’s more than 59,000 kids each year. What can parents do? We have answers.