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The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) provides injury prevention tips for children ages 10 to 16 years old in motor vehicles and as pedestrians.
All children who have outgrown child car safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are 4-feet 9-inches tall or are between 8-12 years of age. Adult safety belts alone do not sufficiently protect children less than 4-feet 9 -inches from injury in a crash. Children can’t ride comfortably and remain properly restrained until they are tall enough for their knees to bend over the edge of the seat when their backs are resting firmly against the back seat. If the shoulder portion of the lap-shoulder belt comes across the neck, rather than the chest, they should remain in a booster seat.
Whether walking to a friend’s house, to school or around town, children need to know how to navigate streets safely. In addition to environmental risks like speeding motorists, there are many hazards that can cause accidents and injuries. Help reduce your children’s risk of harm by modeling and teaching safe pedestrian behavior.
Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens?
In 2009, eight teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
Texting while driving makes you four times more likely to crash.
Nearly 50% of teens admit to texting while driving.
Research and crash data tell us that teen drivers are less likely to buckle up, more likely to speed or drive too fast. Other risk factors include driving late at night, driving while impaired by alcohol, and driving with teenage passengers.
Take the pledge—wear your seat belt every time you ride
Take the pledge—limit distractions (no texting or talking on phone while driving)
Take the pledge—never drink and drive
Give clear instructions
Talk about the rules / safety issues (driving is a privilege)
Lead by example
Parents have more influence over their teens’ decisions than they think
SafekidsCincinnati Children’s is a member of the Safe Kids USA campaign and the lead organization of the Cincinnati Safe Kids Coalition. Their goal is to prevent your child from being injured in a motor vehicle crash, fire, scalding, pedestrian activity, poisoning, choking, bike crash, fall, water activity or shooting.
Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC)The Drug and Poison Information Center works to provide you with important prevention information, educational materials, first-aid information, common household hazards and references to national helpline organizations and agencies.
The phone number for the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center is 513-636-5111. You may also call a national hotline, 1-800-222-1222, and you will be connected to the center that serves your area.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable. In an effort to raise parents' awareness about the leading causes of child injury in the United States and how they can be prevented, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the Protect the Ones You Love initiative.
National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationThe best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) helps give additional information on choosing and using car seats as well as a Child Seat Inspection Station Locator to help with installation of your seats.
American Academy of PediatricsHealthy Children is a parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Ideal, whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues.
Injury Free Coalition of KidsThe Injury Free Coalition for Kids is among the country's fastest growing and most effective injury prevention programs. They are comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy.
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