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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Saturday Safety Roundup

By March 2, 2013

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

  • a 4-year-old in Granger, Washington who suffered bites to her arm and face after being attacked by a pitbull-mastiff mix that was loose because its owner was cleaning its kennel. Her mother suffered a broken arm, but fortunately, an 8-month-old infant that she had in her other arm was not injured.
  • an 8-year-old in Rock Springs, Montana who died when the ATV he was driving flipped and landed on top of him.
  • a 15-year-old in Beekman, New York who died when he hit a tree while driving an ATV and failing to negotiate a curve.
  • a 15-year-old in Laurens County, Georgia who died when the ATV he was driving ran off the road and crashed. A 15-year-old passenger wasn't injured.
  • an 11-year-old in New Orleans, Louisiana who was unintentionally shot in the leg by his 15-year-old brother as they were playing with a loaded pistol.
  • a 17-year-old in Atlanta, Georgia who unintentionally shot herself in the leg with her pink pistol at  school, which she was able to sneak onto campus, getting past metal detectors.
  • a 9-year-old in Decatur, Ohio who died this week after he unintentionally shot himself in the head a few weeks ago with his father's gun that he had found in a bedroom. His 13-year-old sister was trying to take it away from him when it fired. His father recently received a medical discharge after being hurt during his third tour in Afghanistan.
  • a 13-year-old in Des Moines, Iowa who was unintentionally shot in the shoulder as he played with a handgun with another 13-year-old after the two had gone over to another child's house to play. They had thought the gun was unloaded. There were multiple guns in the child's room, including a .22-caliber revolver that he was given so that he could show it to his friends and that he had been given access to guns to educate him about them.
  • a 4-year-old in Houston, Texas who died after he unintentionally shot himself in the chest while spending the weekend with his father.
  • a 15-year-old in Winnemucca, Nevada who was unintentionally shot in hip while playing with guns with two other teens.
  • a 9-year-old near Benson, Arizona who unintentionally shot himself in the leg while climbing over a fence. He was hunting with his grandfather.
  • a 9-year-old in Fulshear, Texas who was unintentionally shot in the leg by a high-caliber rifle while taking a walk with his brother and great-grandfather. Authorities don't know if the shot, which broke his femur in half, came from a nearby shooting range or from a hunter.
  • a 3-year-old in Honolulu, Hawaii who suffered serious injuries after his father pointed and unintentionally shot his .223 caliber DPMS rifle at the ceiling of his home, causing shrapnel to come down and land on the toddler's back.
  • a 20-month-old in King, North Carolina who died after he choked on a piece of food while eating lunch at day care.
  • a 2-year-old in Mansfield, Ohio who was hospitalized with second-degree burns in a fire that unintentionally started as acetone that her father was using to remove varnish from a sink became ignited by a cigarette.
  • a 2-year-old in Santa Barbara, California who suffered second- and third-degree-burns to her face and body after being left alone in a minivan while her mother worked in a home nearby.
  • three children in Macon, Georgia who died in a middle-of-the-night house fire. A 3-year-old was critically injured.
  • an 18-month-old in Falls County, Texas who nearly drowned after falling into a pond.
  • a 12-year-old in Clayton, Indiana who broke her neck after coming down wrong on a trampoline while attempting a trick in front of her friends.
  • a 3-year-old in McClendon-Chisholm, Texas who drowned in a backyard swimming pool. The family was reportedly moving and so had taken down a removable fence that had been around the pool.
  • a 2-year-old in Bakersfield, California who drowned in a pool.
  • a 6-year-old in New York City who died after he was hit by a tractor-trailer while walking to school with his 10-year-old brother.
  • an 11-month-old in Nampa, Idaho who died when she fell out of a car that was still in gear and got run over as her mother got out of the car to pick her up.

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.

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