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Summer Fun Need Not Be Hazardous
Date:6/7/2009

guards on all windows above the first floor. Don't allow youngsters to play on balconies or roofs or near open windows that don't have some sort of barrier.
  • Actively supervise children when they play on a playground and make sure they use age-appropriate equipment.
  • Look for playgrounds where the surfaces are covered at least 12 inches deep with shredded rubber, hardwood fiber mulch or fine sand, extending at least six feet in all directions around the equipment.
  • Make sure kids wear the right protective gear, such as bike helmets, when practicing and playing sports. And make sure the gear fits properly.
  • Supervise children at all times when they're around a pool, lake or other body of water, including the bathtub. Never leave children unattended around any water for even a moment.
  • More information:

    The National Injury Prevention Foundation has a Web page for kids on safe fun.



    -- Jennifer Thomas



    SOURCE: Kent State University College of Public Health, news release, May 18, 2009


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