(12/21/11) - Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution during Home Safety Month (December) as well as year-round. Accidents in homes can occur as a result of everyday activities, and can result in unintentional injuries to children.
Safety Tip Week Three - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Annually, over 26,000 carbon monoxide (CO) related emergency department visits are reported in the United States, with children four years of age and younger having the highest rates of such visits. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to never use a stove for heating purposes, and to never leave a motor vehicle or motorcycle engine running inside a garage, even if the garage door is open.
For more information, on preventing injuries in children, visit the Safe Kids website at www.safekids.org.
Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 0 to 14. Its members include Florence County Sheriff's Department, City of Florence Police Department, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and the City of Florence Fire Department. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal was founded in 1995 and is led by McLeod Health, and funded in part by the McLeod Health Foundation.