WEEK 2 OF NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH – BE HEALTHY AND SAFE MAKE SUMMER AND EVERYDAY SAFE FOR CHILDRENBy Leslie Terjesen on Thursday, June 16, 2016
Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, said, “We all want to keep our children safe and secure and certainly want to help them live to their full potential. Although there is much literature on falls for older adults, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 – 19. Each day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency departments in the United States for fall-related injuries. We know that many of these injuries can be avoided.”
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, points out some very important key prevention tips:
- Play safely – Falls on the playground are a common cause of injury. Make sure that the surfaces under playground equipment are safe, soft and consist of appropriate materials (such as wood chips or sand, not dirt or grass). The surface material should be an appropriate depth and well-maintained. (If the play area uses wood chips as its surface, make sure that you check your child and yourself for ticks).
- Make your home safer – Use home safety devices such as guards on windows that are above ground level, stair gates, and guard rails. These devices can help keep a busy, active child from taking a dangerous tumble.
- Keep sports safe – Make sure your child wears protective gear during sports and recreation.
- Supervision is key – Supervise young children at all times around fall hazards, such as stairs and playground equipment, whether you are at home or out to play.
Regenye said, “As parents, we always need to be aware of safety dangers that may affect our children. The Ocean County Health Department’s website offers safety tips for you and your family at www.ochd.org. Follow the Health Department on Twitter@OCpublichealth and like us on Facebook.