community newsletter from  the  Comprehensive Children's Injury Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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Keeping Your Home Safe in the Summer
Now that children are out of school and home for the summer, it is a great time to look around the home and be sure potentially dangerous items are stored up and out of reach since the kids are going to be home more during the day. When there is a free moment, take a walk through each room in the home and ask yourself these questions:
  1. Are the stairs and hallways free from clutter? This will help reduce the potential risk for trips and falls in the home.
  2. Are all of the smoke/carbon monoxide detectors working in the home? Fires and carbon monoxide leaks can happen at any time, and detectors are the only way to alert individuals in the home if one were to happen. Be sure to test each detector at least every 6 months to ensure it is still functioning properly.
  3. Are bookshelves, flat screen televisions, and any heavy furniture anchored to the wall? These items are top-heavy, and should a child accidentally climb on or move the item, they have the potential to fall forward on top of the child.
  4. Are all tobacco products and alcoholic beverages stored up and out of reach?Always keep tobacco and alcoholic beverages out of the reach of children. Children are curious and may eat cigarettes/chewing tobacco or drink what they can reach. 
  5. Are lighters and matches stored out of reach? Lighters and matches can catch a child's eye in an instant, and we know how quick a fire can start with one of these items. Therefore, be sure all of these items are put away in a place where children can't get them.
  6. If guns are kept in the home, are they unloaded and locked in a safe place? Guns can be extremely dangerous if they are in the hands of the wrong person. Children should not play with guns, as accidents can happen within a matter of seconds. To be sure your children stay safe, keep guns stored unloaded, and in a locked case or cabinet where they can't get to them. Parents should also ask about guns in homes where their kids will be. Learn more about gun safety from the ASK campaign.
  7. Are sharp items, such as knives, scissors, and razors, stored in a cabinet or drawer with a safety latch on it? Children are curious and like to investigate closed cabinets and drawers, so it is important not only to have these items stored out of reach, but also in a locked cabinet or drawer.
  8. Are household cleaning products - such as laundry packets, dishwashing liquids, or multi-purpose cleaners - stored in cabinets with safety locks? Today, many of these cleaning products have bright, bold colors. Children see these pretty colors and instead of thinking it is something poisonous, they think of fruit juices and candy. Therefore, it is important to keep these items up out of their reach so they don't accidentally ingest something that is harmful to them.
  9. Are medicines and vitamins stored away and out of children's reach? Pills sometimes look like candy, and children can become sick or overdose on medicines. As a result, be sure to keep medications and vitamins locked in a drawer, cabinet, or medicine box.
  10. Are emergency numbers posted for someone to call should an emergency occur while in the home? In an emergency, people often get excited and don't always remember correct phone numbers, so posting the numbers is a great idea.
Check out our list of other great injury prevention tips in the home.

Airline Travel and Car Seats

With the arrival of summer, many families plan trips and vacations to take a break from their normal routine and relax. A common question that gets asked is whether or not families should bring their car seat on the airplane with them. 

While car seats are not required for children to ride on an airplane, they are strongly encouraged, both by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The reason is there is still the chance for turbulence and other movements on the airplane, and children still should be harnessed as they would be in a car to keep them safe should these things happen.

Before you leave for a trip on an airplane with the car seat, it is important to check a few things:
  • Be sure that the car seat is FAA-approved. There are some car seats manufactured that are not allowed to be used on an aircraft.
  • Measure the width of the car seat - as long as it is 16 inches or less, it will fit in an airplane seat.

Also, keep in mind that booster seats are not approved for use on an airplane. The reason for this is that they require the use of a lap and shoulder belt, and airplanes are produced with lap belts only. If you intend to bring a booster seat with you, it will need to be included with the checked luggage.

Learn more from the FAA about traveling with children on an airplane.

Heatstroke Awareness

Everyone looks forward to the summer months, as it means more time to play outside, great food, and warmer weather. However, one thing to keep in mind with the warmer weather is the temperature inside our cars. Even when the sun is not out, the inside of the car can reach up to 20 degrees warmer than the outside temperature. Normally when riding in the car, the windows are down or the air conditioning is turned on. However, the real danger is when the car is parked and turned off.

To prevent injuries and deaths related to heatstroke, remember to  ACT!

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. In addition, make sure to keep your car locked when you're not in it, so kids don't get in on their own.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back seat of your car next to your child, such as a briefcase, a purse, or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you're not following your normal routine.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. Your call could safe a life.

Learn more on heatstroke from Safe Kids Worldwide.
Partner Spotlight
Working Together to Build a Safer Cincinnati
Since 1927, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) has provided recreational, cultural, leisure, and educational activities for individuals of all ages and abilities in the community. 

We began working with the City of Cincinnati's Evanston Recreation Center and their director, Jeff Sepate, earlier this year.  Jeff was eager and willing to help us build relationships with Evanston community members. He was excited about our injury prevention programs and offered the space in the Rec Center for us to hold a car seat class. He and his staff were very accommodating and helped in every way possible. After hosting the first car seat class in Evanston, they were ready to schedule the next one.

Thanks again to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission in Evanston for your partnership and efforts to keep children in our community active and safe! We look forward to partnering with you for many more events in the future!

Visit  their website for more information.
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Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar
Baby and Beyond Expo

July 29th & 30th

Staff from the CCIC will be on site at the 3rd Annual Baby and Beyond Expo at the Sharonville Convention Center. Have your car seats checked by certified child passenger safety technicians from 11-3 pm each day!
Avondale Health Fair

Saturday, August 12th

The CCIC will be one of the many booths at Avondale's health fair later this summer. Be sure to stop by and learn some great information on how to keep your child safe!
National Night Out

Tuesday, August 1st

National Night Out is an event with police officers all over the city to recognize the importance of safety. Check your local listings for event information nearest you!
Expert Advice
Staying Safe at the Pool this Summer
Ask An Expert
Mandy Yackey
Owner of Goldfish Swim School West Chester

Q:  What can parents do to keep kids safe around water this summer?

A:  Drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four-and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accidents can happen quickly. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds.
Any time kids are around water, designate a "water watcher" who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching swimming children EVERY SINGLE SECOND.
Although constant supervision is essential, the American Red Cross says that the number one thing that parents can do to keep kids safe around water is to enroll them in swim lessons.  · 513-636-7865, "Option 1"