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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Saturday Safety Roundup

By February 16, 2013

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

  • a 3-year-old in Queens, New York who died after she fell from the 5th floor bathroom window after getting locked in with her 2-year-old sister.
  • a 12-year-old in Woodbury, New Jersey who required 100 stitches on his elbow after he was bitten by a Rottweiler that had jumped over the fence of his backyard to get to the child.
  • a 11-year-old in Albany, Georgia who had part of his scalp ripped off by a pit bull after being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull. He had entered his neighbor's fenced backyard with his 15-year-old brother to help rake leaves.
  • a 16-year-old in Auburn, Indiana who was injured after he was hit by a car while trying to cross a county road on his ATV. It is thought that his helmet and other protective gear saved him from more serious injuries.
  • a 5-year-old in Knott County, Kentucky who died at a birthday party when he drove a battery-powered toy Jeep under a trampoline and got pinned between the trampoline frame and the Jeep.
  • a 12-year-old in Springfield, Massachusetts who drowned during a school swimming class.
  • a 12-year-old in High Point, North Carolina who drowned along with her parents in a retention pond near their apartment after her father suggested that they and some friends go swimming in the middle of the night in the freezing cold weather.
  • a 14-month-old in Caldwell, Idaho who was seriously injured after he was shot with a BB gun.
  • a 4-year-old in Charlotte, North Carolina who unintentionally shot herself in the leg with a gun that her mother's boyfriend had left out.
  • a 4-year-old in Memphis, Tennessee who unintentionally shot and killed himself while playing with a gun while his mother was asleep in their apartment.
  • a 3-year-old in Paducah, Kentucky who was unintentionally shot in the head and killed by his mother's boyfriend who had bought a gun to protect his family.
  • a 16-year-old in Millville, California who was unintentionally shot in the stomach while a family friend was teaching him how to handle a weapon - a handgun that they thought was unloaded.
  • an 11-year-old in Tunnelton, West Virginia who was unintentionally shot by a 14-year-old, requiring surgery on his pelvis, after the teen dropped a gun, causing it to discharge. The owner of the gun is a convicted felon and registered sex offender and had the two kids in his home at the time of the incident.
  • a 16-year-old in Shannon, North Carolina who died when he was unintentionally shot in the chest with a shotgun that he and his brother were handling.
  • a 5-year-old in Jamestown, New York who died while sledding, after her sled traveled down a hill, into the street, and got hit by a car.
  • a 13-year-old in Punta Gorda, Florida who is in serious condition after a horseback riding accident. Although he suffered a traumatic brain injury, his father states his helmet likely saved his life.
  • a 2-year-old in Towanda, Pennsylvania who died in an overnight house fire.
  • a 6-year-old in Detroit, Michigan who died in a house fire which likely started when he and his 4-year-old brother were playing with matches as they were left alone overnight while their mother worked.
  • a 3-year-old in Little Rock, Arkansas who was hospitalized after falling out of an indoor bounce house and onto a carpeted floor.

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,falls, ATV accidents, unintentional 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
Road and Traffic Safety
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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