Cold weather easily brings to mind hot chocolate, roaring fires, and snowmen, but the winter months also bring an increase in carbon monoxide poisonings.
Definition: Unintentional injuries that occur in and around the home can include burns, falls, drowning, poisonings (including from lead, carbon monoxide, household cleaners, and prescription medications), animal bites, and choking/suffocation.
Magnitude of the Problem: According to the CDC:
- Home and recreation injuries account for one third of all injury-related emergency room visits.
- Over 4 out of 5 fire deaths in happened in peoples' homes.
- Younger children are more at risk for scalding burns resulting from hot liquids or steam while older children have more injuries due to direct flame burns.
- 374 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department and two children die as a result of being poisoned each day in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Prevention: Home injuries are preventable. Raising awareness among parents and caregivers of the risks of injuries to children in the home, and the importance of implementing safety measures, is the first step in preventing home injuries to children. Home safety checklists are useful tools for parents to assess the risk of injury in their homes. Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm give-away programs in at-risk communities are also useful tools to protect public health. Ensuring playground equipment is safe and properly maintained and has a soft landing surface can help prevent fall injuries in children. Strong State child care licensing regulations can help keep children safe in at-home child care settings.
E-cigarette poisonings among children and youth remain a concern for health care providers, parents, poison specialists and others. In the first 10 months of 2016, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) received 1,292 reports of e-cigarette device and liquid nicotine exposures across all age groups (1). In 2016, the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (CNPPA) was signed into law to help prevent these exposures. This new law requires child resistant packaging on liquid nicotine containers used with e-cigarettes, effective July 26, 2016.
It’s that time of the year again. With so many new toys on the market, it’s easy for parents to forget toy safety in the rush to finish holiday shopping. The good news is that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S.
The goals for this first session of the Expectant Parent Community of Practice were to share innovative, evidence-informed strategies for addressing a broad range of childhood injury issues relevant to pregnancy and early infancy, and develop feasible, replicable and scalable state-level models for integrating child injury prevention into pre- and post-natal education.
On June 8, 2015, the Children's Safety Network hosted the webinar, Preventing TV and Furniture Tip-Overs: An Introduction to the Anchor It! Campaign. A big thank you to our presenters Kim Dulic and Commissioner Joseph P. Mohorovic for their great presentations. The Anchor It! Campaign is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s call to action to ensure parents and caregivers learn about TV and furniture tip-over dangers in the home and the simple, low-cost steps they can take to prevent these tragedies.
This webinar, presented in April of 2009, was a collaboration of CSN and the Home Safety Network on home safety. It explores how to address home safety issues, creating and delivering safety messsages, how to reach larger populations, and action ideas for prevention. Presenters include Stephanie Bryn, Meri-K Appy, Linda Church, and Ellen Schmidt.