(8/21/12) - Since 2000, an average of 355 unintentional pedestrian fatalities among children ages 14 and under has occurred each year. In addition, pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 14. Many of these deaths could be prevented with pedestrian education, improvements to pedestrian routes, and increased law enforcement.
McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Pedestrian Safety Month (August) as well as year-round with these safety tips.
Create a Safe Environment
• Make sure your child plays in safe places away from motor vehicles, such as yards, parks and playgrounds and never in the street. Fence off play areas from driveways and streets.
• Buy clothing and accessories incorporating retro reflective materials for your family to wear at dawn and dusk, in the evening and during other low-light situations, such as rainy or foggy weather. • Check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or a parking space.
For more information about child safety, call Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843) 777-5021 to speak to an Injury Prevention Specialist or visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal, led by McLeod Health, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading cause of death in children 14 and under. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.