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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Saturday Safety Roundup

By February 25, 2012

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This week's Saturday safety roundup include stories about:

  • a 2-year-old in Fort Myers, Florida who died after being ejected from a car in an accident - she was sitting unharnessed in an unsecured car seat in the front seat of the car
  • an 8-year-old in Bremerton, Oregon who is in critical condition after being shot by a gun that was in a classmate's backpack when it accidentally went off
  • a 2-year-old in Murphysboro, Illinois who drowned in a sewer lagoon near his home after wandering away from his parents
  • a 15-year-old in Wichita, Kansas who is in critical condition after his dirt bike flipped and he hit his head on a cement barrier
  • a 17-year-old boy with Down syndrome and autism who died after he fell 46 floors down a garbage chute in his apartment building in Chicago
  • a 3-year-old in Corpus Christi, Texas who nearly drowned after being left unattended for a few minutes while taking a bath
  • a 17-year-old near Park Hills, Missouri who died while riding an ATV when it hydroplaned on 4 inches of water, causing him to lose control and the ATV to overturn. The Missouri teen was riding alone and was wearing a helmet while riding in an off-road area of a state park.
  • 4 children and their grandmother in South Plainfield, New Jersey who died in a fast-moving house fire
  • a 17-year-old in Las Vegas who died after getting hit by a car while jaywalking
  • a 13-year-old in Parkville, Maryland who died after he fell out of a moving car and was hit by another car, reportedly after getting sick from drinking Four Loko
  • a 17-year-old in Long Beach, California who was accidentally shot in the stomach by an adult cleaning his gun in their home
  • 3 children in Onlsow County, North Carolina who died in a house fire, while 4 of their siblings and mother suffered serious injuries. A 4-year-old was thrown from a 2nd story window to escape the fire.
  • a 15-year-old from Wellesley, Massachusetts who died while skiing after hitting a tree at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado. She was wearing a helmet.
  • a 15-year-old from West Jordan, Utah who is in critical condition after he was accidentally shot in the neck as his father was preparing to put his handgun away
  • an 11-year-old and a 4-year-old in Altamont, Tennessee who died when their go-kart was hit by a car as they drove it out of their yard and onto the street
  • a 3-year-old in Killeen, Texas who died after he was accidentally shot in the chest by his 4-year-old brother who found his mother's 9mm gun on top of a chest of drawers
  • a 13-year-old in Mount Vernon, Ohio who died when the ATV she was riding on with a friend overturned and landed on top of her. She was not wearing a helmet.
  • a 1-year-old in Indianapolis who died after he drowned in the baptismal pool of his church daycare
  • a 4-year-old in Pittsburgh, Ohio who died when a front-heavy 27-inch television set fell off a dresser and landed on top of her

We keep hearing about some of these accidents week after week, such as the hazards of falling televisions, accidental shootings from unsecured guns, and drownings. Spread the word about the importance of childproofing to try and reduce the risk from these hazards.

Related:
Fire Escape Plan
Child Safety
Child Safety Quiz
Car Seats
ATV Safety

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