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Washington, D.C. - With people still talking about the Nationwide Make Safe Happen Super Bowl ad that brought dramatic attention to the number one cause of childhood deaths, preventable injuries, new research released today by Safe Kids Worldwide reveals the scope of the problem in a place most parents assume is safe: the home. Every day, six children die from an injury in the home, and 10,000 go to the emergency department for the kinds of injuries that commonly happen in homes.
Parents, did you know that today there are more medicines in the home than ever before? Three times as many prescriptions are filled in the U.S. today than in 1980, and five times as many dollars are spent on over-the-counter medicine. Medicines play a vital role in treating diseases, relieving symptoms and extending lives, but they can cause serious harm to our kids if they get into them or if they are not given as directed on the label.
Moms, do you keep medicine in your purse? Parents, do you have diaper rash cream within arm’s reach of the changing table? Have you ever shared medicine with a friend, like painkillers? Or missed a dose of a medicine so you took two to make up for it?
It’s instances like these that result in 1.34 million calls to poison centers for children each year.
We would like to thank Amy Lebeau, the senior project manager for public education at the National Fire Protection Association, for guest authoring this blog.
New report reveals 1 and 2 year olds account for 53 percent of medicine-related calls to poison centers. 15-19 year olds are 6-times more likely to have serious outcomes.
Did You Know?
- Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a home fire by half.
- Home fires account for nearly 85 percent of all fire-related deaths.
- Fire can spread rapidly through a home, leaving a family as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds.
- Home cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires.
Working for Change
One important way Safe Kids works to reduce the number of children harmed by fire and burns is t
Thanksgiving prep in many households can seem like trying to set up a well-oiled machine with everything thought through to the very minute. There are Itemized lists of ingredients and essentials, scheduled trips to the grocery store for supplies and perfectly choreographed plans when dishes need to enter and exit ovens and stoves.
On the Road
Watch out for Distracted Drivers and Pedestrians
- Shopping center parking lots are busier during the holidays.
Safe Kids is committed to keeping you informed about recalls of products which can put kids at risk. The Safe Kids’ recall center is a unique place parents can go to see recalls of products in a kids environment. While it is important to stay aware of all recalls, Safe Kids urges you to pay particular attention to ones in red, as they are associated with one or more deaths. We also report news regarding home safety to help ensure your kids get the freedom that comes from being active, healthy, and safe at home.