Children Involved in More Accidents During Summer

Every year, thousands of children are injured during the summer months. The warmer the weather gets, the more time kids spend outside, engaging in activities that expose them to potentially dangerous situations, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injury. Many of these accidents and injuries can be avoided if parents take a few precautions.

Bicycle Accidents

Kids love to ride their bikes. Once they learn how to ride, a bike offers kids a sense of independence, and the ability to propel themselves ever faster can be thrilling. It’s pretty common for kids to race against other kids, or to do tricks like wheelies. This behavior can lead to bicycle accidents. The best thing parents can do is make wearing a bicycle helmet a requirement for riding a bike. No helmet, no bike. Check the fit every so often to make sure the helmet is offering optimal protection as the child grows.

Swimming Accidents

One of the best things about summer is being able to enjoy a swimming pool. It’s a great way to cool off, and can provide hours of fun for kids of all ages. Unfortunately, many small children drown in swimming pools every year, even when parents are doing their best to be careful. It only takes seconds for a toddler to drown in just a few inches of water, and all it takes is for a parent to divert their attention to take a phone call or to go inside to get something to drink. If you have a toddler near a pool, take the child with you if you leave the area, even if you think you’ll only be gone for a minute. If the pool is in your back yard, invest in a fence with a locking gate to keep your toddler out of the pool area without your supervision.

Automobile Accidents

Even with seatbelts, car seats, and air bags, the truth is, automobiles really aren’t built with children in mind. It’s very easy for a child to be injured in even minor automobile accidents because airbags are propelled with so much force, and seatbelts are made for adults. With the kids out of school for the summer, they will probably be in the car with you more often. Take extra care when driving with kids in the car. Make sure every passenger is wearing a seatbelt, and that it’s adjusted for the child’s size, if possible. Ensure toddler and baby car seats are properly installed and secured in the back seat. Obey the speed limits, and reduce distractions by turning off the radio, avoiding drinking or eating, and not using a cell phone while driving.

Kids don’t have to be passengers in vehicles to be injured by them. During the summer, a lot of kids play in neighborhood streets, especially areas where there is little yard space, or near apartment complexes. One thing to really watch out for is kids playing in front yards in neighborhoods where cars park on the street. A child will run after a stray ball without thinking, and may dash out into the street from between parked cars. This makes it difficult for drivers to see them until it’s too late.

It’s essential to obey neighborhood speed limits, and perhaps even drive a little more slowly when you see kids playing outside. Above all, don’t take your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds. That’s all it takes for a child to run out in front of a car and be hit. Even at the posted speed limit, a moving vehicle will severely injure a small child.

Fire Accidents

Grilling is a popular cooking method during the summer. Keep kids away from the hot grill while it’s in use, and talk to them as they get older about the dangers of grills. Store grilling supplies such as charcoal, lighter fluid, and matches well out of children’s reach. You also may enjoy setting off fireworks on Independence Day, if they’re legal where you live. Never allow small children to light fireworks, or to be too close to an area where they’re being set off. Every year, hospitals see hundreds of children burnt by fireworks. Don’t let your child be one of those statistics.

Talk to your kids about the dangers of everyday activities, and teach them how to enjoy them safely. And whenever possible, supervise your children to ensure they’re staying safe, and will be able to enjoy many summers to come.

Below is a list of several emergency and urgent care facilities in Colorado that cater to children. This list is not exhaustive.

Emergency Departments

The Children’s Hospital Main Campus, Aurora
Emergency Care
13123 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 720-777-1234

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver
Emergency Care
1830 Franklin Street
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 720-777-1360

The Children’s Hospital at Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker
Emergency Care
9395 Crown Crest Boulevard
Parker, CO 80138
Phone: 720-777-1350

The Children’s Hospital at Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton
Emergency Care (After-Hours only)
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
Phone: 303-730-5895

Memorial Hospital Central, Colorado Springs
Emergency Care
1400 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Phone: 719-365-5000

Memorial Hospital North, Colorado Springs
Emergency Care
4050 Briargate Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: 719-364-5000

Urgent & After Hours Care

The Children’s Hospital North Campus, Broomfield
Urgent Care
469 W 168th Avenue
Broomfield, CO 80023
Phone: 720-777-1340

The Children’s Hospital at Lutheran Medical Center (Wheat Ridge)
Urgent Care
3455 Lutheran Parkway, Suite 230
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 720-777-1370

Briargate Medical Campus, Colorado Springs
Urgent & After-Hours Care
8890 North Union
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: 365-2888

Springs Medical Center, Colorado Springs
Urgent & After-Hours Care
2502 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Phone: 365-5075