Primary Children’s is one of our beloved Utah institutions and who better than the famous children’s hospital to host a Safety Saturday with Utah moms and bloggers? We gathered at the Leonardo Museum in downtown Salt Lake for interactive demonstrations and safety interactions that taught us all how to be safer. It’s always important to take a refresher course on keeping our kiddos safe and sound. You can find what we learned from the comfort of your own home at the Kids Health website.
My sons loved the egg crash safety belt! They got to color eggs and then send them down a chute in a car without seatbelts–the car crashed, the eggs went flying, and splattered everywhere. A messy reminder to always wear our seatbelts.
Did you know:
- Car seats that are correctly used can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%
- People who aren’t buckled up are 31 times more likely to die in a crash than those who were restrained
- If adults wear seat belts, kids are more likely to be buckled up
- Moms should be the best example and buckle up for every ride; make sure everyone in the vehicle also buckles up
Always Wear a Helmet
The kids were most impressed by the helmet melon test. I always have problems getting the boys to use their helmets every time; the reasons why are a little too abstract. Which is why a melon dropped with or without a helmet was such a great lesson. They learned how our brains are soft, protected only by a thin skull. When you drop a melon on the hard ground, the “brains” spilled everywhere. When a melon with a helmet dropped, it landed safe and sound.
Our Takeaway: Wear a helmet every time.
Water is Unsafe at Any Depth
Drowning is still a leading cause of death for young children and teens. Sometimes we get complacent about water, thinking that kids know how to swim, are aware of the dangers, or think water maybe too shallow to really cause harm. Even with a 40% decline since 1987, drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death to children ages 1 to 9, taking more than 900 children’s lives every year.
Drowning is a quick and silent killer. In the time it takes to…
- Cross the room for a towel (10 seconds), a child in the bathtub can become submerged
- Answer the phone (2 minutes), a child can lose consciousness
- Sign for a package at your front door (4 to 6 minutes), a child submerged in the bathtub or pool can sustain permanent brain damage
Our takeaway: Forget about all the other things you have to do. Please give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.
I’m scared about the second floor windows in our house, and it turns out, I should be.
- 15 to 20 children under the age of 11 die and nearly 15,000 are injured from window falls
- Children are more likely to be hurt after a fall from a window than from any other type of fall
Our takeaway: Screens keep bugs out but NOT kids in!
- 886 Utah pedestrians were struck by moving vehicles, 770 were injured, 32 were killed in 2011
- 34% of pedestrian injuries happened in a marked cross-walk
- 33% of drivers who hit pedestrians were turning. Drivers need to watch for Pedestrians before turnin
- Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult; it’s hard for kids under the age of 10 to judge speed and distance of cars
- Always look both ways
Our Takeaway: Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street, watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. And look both ways!
Thanks to Primary Children’s for sponsoring Safety Saturday. If you’d like more information for you or your family, the Kids Health website is fantastic. Your kids can see visuals that help explain abstract safety concepts in ways that they can understand and practice in their every day lives.
Featured image courtesy of Taralyn from Keep Moving Forward with Me