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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Saturday Safety Roundup

By April 6, 2013

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

  • a 5-year-old in White Plains, Maryland who was critically injured after being mauled by an English bulldog and a Presa Canario after she wandered into her backyard.
  • an 8-year-old in Westfield, Massachusetts who nearly had his arm amputated after he was mauled by the family's American bulldog.
  • a 7-year-old in Callaway, Florida who is in critical condition after being mauled by two bulldogs.
  • a 6-year-old in Londonderry, New Hampshire who suffered severe wounds to her face after she was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull after getting tangled in the dog's leash and falling on the dog.
  • a 9-year-old in Pound, Virginia who was killed after losing control of his ATV, which flipped. He was found by police tracking units several hours after he was reported missing by his mother.
  • a 9-year-old in Sylvania, Georgia who was killed when his ATV flipped on top of his when he hit a ditch while riding up a hill.
  • a 2-year-old in St. Louis, Missouri who died after he was unintentionally strangled by a window cord blind in his bedroom.
  • a 4-year-old in Prichard, Alabama who died after he unintentionally shot himself in the chest with a gun that he found on a dresser in a bedroom while visiting relatives after going to church on Easter Sunday.
  • a 3-year-old in Sandy Springs, Georgia who unintentionally shot his hand with a gun that he found under a bed.
  • a 4-year-old in Miami, Florida who died after she was unintentionally shot while in a car with other young children who were playing with a gun.
  • a 14-year-old in Great Falls, Montana who died after he fell out of the back of a moving pickup truck. Montana is one of twenty states without a state laws that restricts children and teens from riding in the back of moving pickup trucks.
  • a 10-year-old in Tacoma, Washington who died when he pulled in front of a truck on his bike as he left a friends house on his way to ride seven blocks to his own home.
  • a 5-year-old in Cordele, Georgia who drowned in a pond while playing in the water with his cousin.
  • a 16-year-old in Chicago, Illinois who died after he fell 46 stories down a high-rise garbage chute while doing chores. The teen, who has a mental disability, may slipped and fallen into the garbage chute.
  • a 3-year-old in Waldorf, Maryland who was killed by a closing garage door as she played with the garage opener. It is not known how she was able to become pinned under the garage door which did have sensors to prevent this kind of tragedy.
  • a 2-year-old in Fort Lupton, Colorado who died when he was hit by a pickup truck in a parking lot of Dick's Sporting Goods.
  • a 16-year-old in Leroy, Indiana who died when the dirt bike he was driving went airborne and landed on a fence post.
  • a 17-year-old in Chicago, Illinois who was killed in a street racing incident.
  • a 6-year-old in Las Vegas, Nevada who died after she was unintentionally run over by her grandfather's car as she unknowingly tried to climb into his car as he left her house.

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, dog bites, falls, ATV accidents, unintentional shootings, and even lawn mower accidents.

Others, like getting strangled by window blind cords are thankfully becoming less common as people repair unsafe window coverings, including eliminating pull cords, install cord stops, install tie down devices, repair roman shades, repair roll-up blinds, and being to use cordless window coverings.

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

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