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Incidents of Drowning In Pools Remains High For Children
From 2007 to 2009, an annual average of 390 pool and spa-related drownings were reported for children younger than 15, and roughly 75 percent of the reported deaths involved children younger than 5, according to data (PDF file) from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

CPSC estimated an annual average of 5,200 pool or spa-related emergency department-treated submersion injuries for children younger than 15 from 2009 to 2011. CPSC also found:

  • The majority of pool and spa incidents involving children younger than 5 occurred at residential locations.
  • From 2009 to 2011, children between 1 and 3 years old represented 66 percent of pool- and spa-related injuries.
  • About 10 percent of reported fatalities of children younger than 15 occurred in portable pools.

Tragedy In Lincoln Becomes Advocacy

Blake and Kathy Collinsworth are passionate advocates for water safety. Their 2-year-old son, Joshua, drowned in the family pool in 2008 even though they believed they had taken all precautions. The Josh The Baby Otter Water Safety and Awareness Project is dedicated to teach young children about water safety.
 
For more water safety tips, information and fun activities to help teach children about water safety, visit www.joshtheotter.org or www.float4life.org. You can also pick up their book, "Josh the Baby Otter", to help educate your children.


Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act in Effect July 1st

As of July 1, LB260, the Concussion Awareness Act passed by the Nebraska State Legislature, is in effect.

Concussions are one of the most common unintentional injuries among young athletes and can potentially cause long-term effects and even permanent injury and death, particularly if a person sustains a second concussion before symptoms of the first have resolved (second-impact syndrome). This law aims to educate parents, coaches, and students about concussions and outlines the appropriate steps of care before the student returns to play.

Many organizations around Nebraska are working to provide this education and increase awareness about concussions (for all students, not just athletes). These partners include the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association, the Nebraska School Activities Association, the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, local Safe Kids Chapters, the Nebraska Department of Education, among many others. See the NIPCSP website for more information on the law, available training, and the burden of concussions in Nebraska. Source: NE Department of Health & Human Services


Life Jacket Safety Tips

This year has been a tragic one in Nebraska with regard to drowning deaths and we hear the same thing over and over -- "Tf they had put on a life jacket, they may have been saved." Read these safety tips from Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) to make sure your life jacket is providing the highest level of safety.

Dive Into Pool Safety: Tips To Help Keep Your Family Safe
As the weather heats up, families will seek refuge in the cool waters of their neighborhood or backyard pools. Although there's nothing like a quick dip on a hot summer's day, pool season doesn't come without potential risks. In fact, approximately 4,200 people go to the emergency room every year due to pool or spa-related injuries. Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) is providing tips to help you and your family stay safe. Click here for UL's safety tips.

 

The FBI's Child ID App
You're shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?

Now there's a free new tool from the FBI that can help. The Child ID app-the first mobile application created by the FBI-provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it's literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing. For more information and a link to download the app, click here.


New Nebraska Law Requires Boating Safety Course

Boaters in Nebraska should be aware of a new law that took effect in January requiring boaters to complete a safety course. A person born in 1986 or after is now required to complete a boating safety course before operating a boat in the State. Courses are offered through Nebraska Game and Parks and can be taken in-person or through a self-study program. Source: NE Dept. of Health & Human Services


Target Recalls LED Flashlight Sets Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

In cooperation with Target Corporation, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of 6-piece LED flighlight sets solt October 2010 through December 2011. When turned on, the flashlights can heat up, smoke or melt, posing fire and burn hazards. Read more.
Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission (1-19-2012)

 
CDC Campaign Launched to Prevent Children from Unintentional Access to Medicines in the Home
In December, the CDC launched Up and Way and Out of Sight, a program to educate families about the importance of safe medicine storage. In the U.S. each year, more than 60,000 children are treated in emergency rooms because they got into medicines when a caregiver was not looking. The key messages of Ensure Safety, Take Action, and Build Knowledge aim to reduce the incidence of this extremely dangerous event. The project Web site provides numerous resources for parents that can be incorporated into existing or new programs including a pledge campaign for parents.
Source: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Injury Prevention and Control Program (1-19-2012)


Coin-Size Batteries May Be Hazardous

The gadgets you buy as gifts this year could injure your children!   Inside mini remote controls, small calculators, watches,key fobs, flameless candles, singing greeting cards and other electronics, may be a very powerful coin-sized button battery.  Safe Kids USA has partnered with Energizer to create an awareness campaign we’re calling The Battery Controlled

Swallowing 20 mm coin-size lithium batteries can be very dangerous to children. When a coin-sized battery gets stuck in a child’s throat, saliva triggers an electrical current which may create a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus, leading to painful injuries and even death.  Learn how to protect your children from battery burns.
Source: Safety Works USA, Nov. 2011