Children and their summer safety

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Summertime may be one of the best times of the year, but it can also be one of the deadliest.

A study released by Safe Kids Worldwide said more children in Kentucky are killed in summertime accidents than in almost every other state.

More than 2,100 children ages newborn to 14 across the nation, died in the summer of 2004.

Kathy Campbell takes her three-year-old daughter, Nina, to the park anytime the weather is nice.

"We are big park people. We like the park," Campbell said.

Campbell said while she always wants Nina to have fun, she also wants to keep her safe.

"I'm strict on all the little things. I'm glued to her - I guess because I'm a single mom and it's just me and her," Campbell said.

Emergency Medical Services director, Randy Fathbruckner said being extra protective of your children is exactly what you need to do.

He said once it gets warm there's always an increase of accidents, many of them fatal.

"We see a lot of head injuries. We see a lot of accidents due to unrestrained children whether it's an ATV or automobile, and a lot of drowning," Fathbruckner said. "We should be outraged in the number of deaths of children."

He said these accidents can easily be prevented by giving your child the proper equipment and by keeping a close watch on them.

"... Just observing them outside, not letting them climb trees without supervision, playing on trampolines without supervision," Fathbruckner said.

"She always wears a helmet at home. She's got a little tricycle and motorized bike. She always wears a helmet for that. There's a trampoline next door that has one of those nettings, so she doesn't fall off of it," Campbell said reffering to her daughter.

Even though Campbell seems to have it all figured out she admits maybe there's more she can do.

"I don't know if I would change the way I watch because I do watch her - that does kind of scare me," Campbell said.

We all know it's impossible to constantly watch your children, but Kathy Campbell is a perfect example of re-evaluating how you do it.

The release of this study coincides with National Safe Kids Week from April 28th to May 6th.

To view how the report ranks each state www.usa.safekids.org


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