McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal Reminds Parents of the Dangers of Coin Lithium Batteries

(12/11/12) - According to Safe Kids, swallowing cases resulting in serious injury or death to children have more than quadrupled in the past five years (2006-2010) compared to the five years prior (2001-2005).  In 2010 alone, there were more than 3,400 reported swallowing cases involving button batteries of all sizes, resulting in 19 life-threatening or debilitating injuries and even some deaths, according to Dr. Toby Litovitz, of the National Capital Poison Center.  Coin-sized bu...

Curiosity in Children Can Lead to Dangerous Situations

(12/04/12) - For many young children, anything they can reach will go directly into their mouths. This is a particular danger because small parts from toys or food can block a small child's ability to breathe, especially if they are younger than age 4. In 2008, nearly 1,300 children ages 14 and under died from airway obstruction injuries, which include unintentional choking, strangulation or suffocation. Nearly all of these incidents, nine out of every 10, involved children under 5 years of a...

McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal Provides Safety Tips During Railroad Safety Month 2012

(11/21/12) - Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Railroad Safety Month as well as year-round. The organization offers the following safety tips to reduce a risk for serious injury and death involving railroads:  • Obey all signs and signals. The time the signal begins to flash until the arrival of the train may be only 20 seconds. This provides little time to cross the track or escape injury. When the warning sounds or the gate begins to close, children s...

McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal Provides Safety Tips During Railroad Safety Month

(11/12/12) - In 2008, approximately 744 people were killed and 1,372 were injured in incidents involving trains in the United States. These incidents involved either trains and pedestrians or trains and motor vehicle occupants. Twenty-two children ages 14 and under were killed, and another 122 were injured in incidents involving trains.

Safe Kids offers the following safety tips for keeping children safe around trains:• Only cross at marked railroad crossings. Always look both ways ...

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