CSN eNewsletter
March 20, 2020
Note from Our Director
Dear Partners, 

The Children’s Safety Network is committed to working to keep infants, children, and adolescents safe and healthy, especially during this challenging time in which the world joins together to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. We know that many of you are turning your attention to addressing this growing concern. We will continue our work at CSN and encourage you to protect children in your communities by spreading these prevention recommendations to your partners and communities.

As there have been likely increases in drugs and chemicals (e.g., medications, disinfectant products) being brought into the homes and rise in the purchase of gun sales, we ask you to consider promoting the following prevention recommendations: 

Drug and chemical safety recommendations:
  • Read all warning labels and follow directions on the label before using medications or products that may be poisonous
  • Educate children about drug and chemical safety
  • Store drugs and chemicals safely, up and away and out of children’s reach
  • Call poison control center at 800-222-1222 right away for any kind of poisoning

Firearm safety recommendations:
  • Store firearms unloaded in a locked container
  • Store firearms separate from ammunition
  • Educate children about firearm safety

Additional information on these topics can be accessed on the following websites:

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.  We also encourage you to visit the Education Development Center COVID-19 Resource Page during this time for additional ideas and practices to share with your communities, partners or even use at home. EDC will continue to develop this resource page as the situation evolves.

Jennifer Leonardo
Children’s Safety Network Director
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a condition caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head which disrupts
normal brain function, is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Nearly 700,000
TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occur annually in US children and adolescents ages 0-19 years ( Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Databases and Multiple Cause of Death Data, 2014). From 2006 to 2014, the number of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53%. 

TBI can be prevented. See the new CSN Resource Guide on Traumatic Brain Injury for selected resources on preventing TBI among children and adolescents.
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