Summer Safety: Avoiding hazards and injuries this holiday season

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Warmer weather and summer vacation is finally here, but when school lets out, accidents spike.

Along with the barbecues and pool parties, there will be accidents, unfortunately.

Tracy Mehan, a health educator with Nationwide Children’s Hospital says some of the top reasons kids go to the emergency room is bike, skateboard and rollerblading accidents. “I lot of kids don’t do the one thing we recommend the most; wear a helmet.” she says.

Skylar Follmer broke his collarbone in a longboard fall last year, but luckily avoided a head injury.

“When I looked forward, it just stopped and I flew off and landed on the sidewalk shoulder first, and my collarbone snapped,” says Sklyar.

Skylar’s mom, Marie Follmer, says she doesn’t take no for an answer any more.

“Put your foot down. There’s no compromising on wearing a seatbelt or wearing a helmet. I think I’ve seen too many injuries, spending a lot of time in the hospital,” says Marie.

Fireworks is another summer staple that leads to thousands of kids heading to the hospital every year.

“Even things like sparklers that many families think are safe fireworks for children, aren’t. Sparklers burn hot enough to melt gold and can burn your child’s skin in just an instant,” says Mehan.

Mehan warns to leave the fireworks show to the pros.

On the playground, choose wisely to avoid bumps, bruises and broken bones, and amusement parks are another area where 20 kids are injured every day.

“Make sure you follow the posted guidelines for height, weight and age restrictions” Mehan says.

Another summer danger is drowning. Mehan says a child can drown in a kiddie pool with as little as an inch of water. She says always drain the pool when your kids are finished playing.

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