In a few weeks, America’s children will be filling their backpacks and boarding those familiar yellow school buses to start the new school year. Like you, Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View is turning our attention to accident prevention and child safety at home, school and on the playground. We invite you to join us August 24, 2013 for Family Safety Day to be held at Bon Secours Harbour View Health Center from 9 a.m. to noon.
To help you prevent childhood accidents, Carl Wentzel, MD, board certified emergency medicine physician and medical director for Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View’s emergency departments, offers these safety tips:
10 Tips to Help Keep Your Child Safe
1. Bikes – “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
2. Other sports equipment – wear the proper sports equipment to prevent injuries.
3. Put medicines up and away and out of sight. Make sure that all medicines, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight of children. (In 86% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to an adult.)
4. Don’t let kids play on high porches, decks, stairs or balconies. Seems obvious, but it’s still important to note.
5. Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
6. Don’t let children climb on furniture or use drawers or shelves as steps.
7. Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip-overs.
8. Teach kids never to go near or in water without an adult present. Remember that things such as water wings, noodles and other items can create a false sense of security for children and should not be used in place of life jackets.
9. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
10. Model safe driving habits, wear your seat belt, obey traffic laws and no texting.
Here is one final tip — attend Family Safety Day at Harbour View!
Event: Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View Family Safety Fair
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View
5818 Harbour View Boulevard
Suffolk, VA 23435
Bike safety demonstrations
Car seat safety checks
School bus safety
Suffolk Fire and Rescue vehicles on display
Speed and agility events from Bon Secours InMotion
Healthy and safe school lunches
McGruff the Crime Dog
Child fingerprinting & stranger danger