CPSC Warns: Summer Fun Brings More Emergency Room Visits
WASHINGTON, D.C. - For many Americans, summer means fun in the
sun. The kids are out of school, adults are on vacation and it's
time for outdoor activities like riding bikes and hosting
barbecues. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
warns that summer also is the time of year consumers are most
likely to be injured.
More than 3.7 million consumers went to hospital emergency rooms
with product-related injuries in June, July and August 2001.
During that summer, about 836,000 more consumers suffered
product-related injuries than in January, February and March 2001.
To avoid becoming a 2002 statistic, CPSC advises everyone to enjoy
summer activities with safety in mind.
CPSC Summer Safety Tips
||Use layers of protection to prevent a swimming
pool tragedy. This includes placing barriers
completely around your pool to prevent access, using door
and pool alarms, closely supervising your child and being
prepared in case of an emergency.
||Never bring charcoal
grills indoors. Burning charcoal produces deadly
||When cooking outdoors with a gas
grill, check the air tubes that lead into the burner
for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease.
Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and
leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or
tubing. If you ever detect a leak, immediately turn off
the gas at the tank and don't attempt to light the grill
until the leak is fixed. Newer
grills and propane tanks have improved safety devices
to prevent gas leaks.
||Make sure your home
playground is safe. Falls cause 60 percent of
playground injuries, so having a safe surface is critical.
Concrete, asphalt or packed dirt surfaces are too hard.
Use at least 9 inches of wood chips or mulch.
||If you are a soccer mom or dad, beware that movable
soccer goals can fall over and kill children. Make
sure the goal is anchored securely at all times and never
allow anyone to climb on the net or goal framework or hang
from the cross bar. Remove nets when the goals are not in
||To prevent serious injuries while using a trampoline,
allow only one person on at a time, and do not allow
somersaults. Use a shock-absorbing pad that completely
covers the springs and place the trampoline away from
structures and other play areas. Kids under 6-years-old
should not use full-size trampolines.
||If summer plans include camping and you want heat inside
your tent or camper, use one of the new
portable heaters that are equipped with an oxygen
depletion sensor (ODS). If oxygen levels start to fall
inside your tent or camper, the ODS automatically shuts
down the heater before it can produce deadly levels of
carbon monoxide (CO). Do not attempt to use alternative
sources of heat or power to warm a tent or camper.
Traditional camping heaters, charcoal grills, camping
lanterns, and gas generators also can cause CO poisoning.
guards to prevent children from falling out of open
windows. Guards should be installed in children's
bedrooms, parents' bedrooms, and other rooms where young
children spend time. Or, install window stops that permit
windows to open no more than 4 inches. Whenever possible,
open windows from the top - not the bottom. Also, keep
furniture away from windows to discourage children from
climbing near windows.
||Summer also means yard
work. When mowing, keep small children out of the
yard, and turn the mower off if children enter the area.
If the lawn slopes, mow across the slope with the
walk-behind rotary mower, never up and down. With a riding
mower, drive up and down the slope, not across it.
Never carry children on a riding mower.
Tips for Making Summer
Safe from Safe Kids Canada - Summer Safety Checklist
The Hazards of Heat
and Tips for Keeping Hydrated in the Summer Heat
Tips from the Canadian Cancer Society about Shade
from the Sun, Protecting Children from the Sun and Sunscreen Use
For Hotels and Resorts looking for more safety
information go to Hotel Fun 4
Kids Program, Products and Services for Hotels and Resorts
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