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McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal Provides Safety Tips for Gun Safety Month

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(1/03/13) - McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Gun Safety Month (January) as well as year-round. Access to guns creates a risk for serious injury and death. Most firearm-related injuries and deaths of children and adolescents involve handguns.  Safety Tip Week One  According to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), the use or possession of firearms carries with it tremendous responsibility. Whether for hunting, recreation or personal p...

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

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(12/27/12) - Approximately 2,700 children in the United States, ages 14 and under, die from accidental injuries in the home each year. Around 80 percent of these deaths were among children ages 4 and under. Most fatal injuries at home are caused by fire, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning or firearms discharged unintentionally. McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal urges parents and caregivers to check their homes for basic safety precautions. "There is no substitute for active sup...

Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal, led by McLeod Health, Hosts Kohl’s Child Safety Seat Check December 2012

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(12/14/12) - Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal, led by McLeod Health, will host the upcoming Kohl’s Child Safety Seat Check in Florence.  The Third Thursday with Kohl’s Child Safety Seat Check will take place Thursday, December 20, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Florence Kohl’s parking lot (3041 W. Radio Drive, Florence). This child safety seat check is held the third Thursday of each month at this same time and location.  Safe Kids certified child safety seat technicia...

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

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(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

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(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...

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