In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of:
- a 2-year-old in Springdale, Arkansas who died after being left in a hot car in a Wal-mart parking lot for more than two hours.
- a 16-month-old in Newport, Arkansas who died after being left in a hot car after her father forgot to drop her off at day care and went to work instead, leaving her in her car seat all day.
- a 2-year-old in St. Paul, Minnesota who was shot in the head by his older brother who found the gun in an unlocked cabinet and thought that it was unloaded.
- a 15-year-old in Clearwater, Florida who was shot in the face by another teen who didn't think the gun was loaded.
- a 3-year-old in South Bend, Indiana who shot himself after taking a loaded gun out of an unlocked safe box.
- a 2-year-old in Douglas, Georgia who died after he shot himself in the head while playing with a gun. His 6-year-old brother was trying to get the gun away from him at the time.
- an 11-year-old in Coalville, Utah who is in critical condition after his ATV rolled while he was riding it with a friend. His helmet fell off during the accident.
- a 12-year-old in Clendenin, West Virginia who died when his ATV slammed into a tree.
- a 14-year-old in Panama City, Florida who drowned while fishing with family members.
- a 2-year-old in La Verkin Utah who drowned in a creek behind her home. She had been in her backyard with other family members while they did yard work, when they took their eyes off her for just a moment.
- a 3-year-old in Laguna Hills, California who drowned in a hot tub while at a birthday party for a neighbor. She had managed to take her life jacket off just before and her mother had gone inside to breastfeed her other baby while other adults were outside with the girl.
- a 4-year-old in Mesa, Arizona who drowned in a murky unfenced backyard swimming pool.
- an 18-month-old in Liberty County, Texas who drowned in a pond at her family's home.
- a 7-year-old in Forsyth County, Georgia who drowned in a community pool at an apartment complex. His father had stepped away to dry off after he had been pushed away, but other adults were by the pool.
- a 12-year-old in South Mills, North Carolina who drowned in an above-ground swimming pool.
- a 4-year-old in Fort Worth, Texas who drowned in an apartment complex pool.
- a 12-year-old who drowned at a swimming area at Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma.
- a 3-year-old who drowned on a river in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. He had been playing on the shore when he went missing.
- a 5-year-old in Gulfport, Mississippi who drowned in a fenced pool at an apartment complex that may have had an unlatched gate.
- a 4-year-old in Millington, Maryland who drowned in a neighbor's above ground pool after wandering away from his own home.
- an 11-year-old in Detroit, Michigan who drowned at an unattended swimming pool at a former city rec center.
- a 1-year-old in Flint, Michigan who drowned in a bath tub.
- a 13-year-old in Pingree Grove, Illinois who suffered head injuries and a crushed ankle after he was thrown from the hood of a car while car surfing.
Keep your kids safe. Not all, but many of these types of accidents can be prevented.
The drownings, which range from toddlers to teens, highlight how important it is to supervise your kids around the water and make sure that your school-age kids learn to swim.