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New Report Reveals a 31% Increase in Injuries from Television Tip-Overs in the Last 10 Years
Washington, DC– A new report released today by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over and nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S. This represents a 31 percent increase in TV tip-over-related injuries over the last ten years.
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I was in a 7-by-10-foot room in Coyoacán, Mexico City, when Paco saw the tweet.
“A child was hit by a car in Mexico City this morning,” he announced, and I heard the combination of frustration, sorrow and exhaustion in his voice.
Paco is the executive director of Safe Kids Mexico. He is a recognized leader in road safety. He is as innovative as he is compassionate, and he is completely dedicated to helping children in Mexico.
“Quién? Cómo? And what can we do?” asked the Spanglish-speaking American visitor (that would be me).
In 2017, Safe Kids conducted an in-depth analysis of current patterns of injury and parents’ beliefs and behaviors related to keeping children safe while bicycling, scootering, skating and skateboarding.
In our last pedestrian safety blog, we reviewed basic safety tips for common outside activities like walking around the neighborhood, crossing the street and riding bikes. In some neighborhoods, walking or riding bikes might also take place near train tracks. Even though many cities are in a virtual lockdown, railroad employees are still “essential” and are dedicated to bringing many of the items needed most in our communities to local distributors and grocery stores.
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Coming from Southern California, I started my journey as a Safe Kids intern in D.C in June. One of the things that surprised me was how the city’s streets felt almost like a ballet with pedestrians, cars, trucks, buses and bicyclists (and people mounting their bikes on the front of buses) weaving in and out around each other.
On the Road
Distracted Drivers and Pedestrians
- Keep an eye out for distracted pedestrians and drivers who may not be paying attention to you, especially when backing out of parking spaces.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to practice social distancing and stay in the house as much as possible to protect ourselves, our families and the health of others. However, we do understand that getting out for a bit to stretch and play is important for children (and adults). As you work to strike that right balance, here are a few simple safety tips to help your kids stay active and injury free.
Helmets Are a Must
- Every skater should wear a helmet. Wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads are a good idea for everyone, but especially for beginners.