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Saturday Safety Roundup

By December 8, 2012

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In this week's Saturday Safety Roundup, stories of:

  • a 7-year-old in Pasadena, Maryland who was critically injured after being mauled by two American bulldogs while visiting her aunt.
  • a 3-year-old in Bradenton, Florida who was bitten on his face by a pit bull in his home.
  • a 1-year-old in Brockton, Massachusetts who was burned on his chest from hot food on a stove.
  • a 16-year-old in Torrington, Connecticut who suffered burns to his limbs and chest after pouring gasoline on a fire in a fire pit and then running as fire ignited his clothes.
  • a 5-year-old in South Bend, Indiana who was shot by his 7-year-old brother.
  • a 2-year-old in Minneapolis, Minnesota who died after he was shot by his 4-year-old brother who was playing with his father's handgun. The gun was normally stored loaded on a shelf at the top of a closet, as the father had learned in a safety class that is was okay to store a gun loaded, as long as the safety was on.
  • an 8-year-old in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who was shot in the arm by her 7-year-old brother who was playing with a handgun he had found in his grandparent's home.
  • a 12-year-old in Louisville, Kentucky who was in critical condition after he was shot with a handgun inside his home.
  • a 16-year-old in Chesterfield, Virginia who was required surgery after being shot in the face by a friend while they were playing with a handgun that they thought was unloaded, as they had removed the clip. Unfortunately, a bullet had been left in the chamber.
  • a 16-year-old in Roeland Park, Kansas who was hit by fragments of a bullet from his father's rifle that discharged as his father reached from behind the seat of their vehicle to get it as they got out of the car to go hunting.
  • a 9-year-old in Spring Valley, Wisconsin who was shot by his 11-year-old who was unloading a handgun when it went off.
  • an 11-year-old in St. Joseph, Missouri who was shot in the cheek by his father as were cleaning guns, discussing gun safety, and planning a hunting trip.
  • a 16-year-old in Surprise, Arizona who died when the ATV she was driving was hit by an SUV as she tried to cross Highway 74.
  • a 10-year-old in Walhounding, Ohio who died when the ATV she was driving likely slid down an embankment, hit a pole, and rolled over.
  • a 6-month-old in Sun Valley, California who was in serious condition after falling into a toilet and nearly drowning while playing in a locked bathroom with her 2-year-old sister.
  • a 1-year-old in Lauderhill, Florida who drowned after wandering out the back door of the house, which had been left open because the weather was breezy, and fell into their backyard pool.
  • a 13-month-old in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma who drowned in a bathtub after he was left alone briefly with an older sibling while his babysitter went to prepare him a bottle.
  • a 2-year-old in Stonelick Township, Ohio who drowned in the family's backyard swimming pool. He had been put to bed the night before and was found in the pool the next morning.
  • an 8-year-old in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina who was in serious condition after falling off a parade float during a Christmas parade, which then ran over her legs and stomach.
  • a 2-year-old in Bloomington, Indiana who died after falling off a horse on his grandfather's farm.

Keep your kids safe. Not all, but many of these types of accidents can be prevented.

Many of the accidents and tragedies are ones that we see week after week, especially drownings, fallsATV accidents, accidental shootings, and even lawn mower accidents.

Spread the word about child safety to help save lives and reduce these types of accidents and tragedies.

Related:
Layers of Protection - Child Safety Tips
Gun Safety
Dog Bites
Drowning Prevention

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