With the holidays upon us, CSN aspires to support your work helping children safely enjoy this season.
During the gift-giving season, it is vital that parents and caregivers are provided education on developmentally appropriate, safe toys for children and adolescents. Between 2015 and 2018, U.S. children and adolescents ages 0-19 sustained over 1 million toy-related injuries that were treated in emergency departments. Common injuries include lacerations, contusions and abrasion, fractures, strains and sprains, internal injuries and foreign objects (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). For more information, please see CSN’s infographic Toy Injuries in Children: Know the Facts.
Holiday cooking and decorating, while fun activities for children, also present increased risk of fires and burn injuries. Families should keep children at least three feet from all heat sources, install and maintain smoke alarms, and keep flammable materials in a secured high place. For more strategies and resources on fire and burn prevention, please see CSN’s Fire and Burn Prevention Resource Guide
Please widely share the below resources with your networks. Throughout this newsletter, you will find resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners highlighted in purple.
Please know we will work with you to continue prevention efforts to keep our children safe and to provide you with the resources and tools you need in 2022.
Jennifer Leonardo, PhD
Children’s Safety Network Director