School is nearly out. We're looking at ways to keep your kids safe this summer. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
For many students, summer break starts this week.
On WECT News First at Four, Julia Phelps with Safe Kids Cape Fear talked about ways to keep your children safe this season.
Tips: Make sure your children are wearing helmets Stay aware of rules of the road and where it is safe to walk/bike
Child passenger safety
Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent, according to Phelps.
Kids and hot cars don’t mix. Summer can bring a lot of change in routine and who may be transporting children places. 54% - child forgotten by caregiver 29% - child playing in unattended vehicle 17% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult
Take preventative measures to help keep fatal mistakes from occurring.
Water safety More of us are visiting the beach and playing in pools. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old.
Tips: Adults, keep your phones down and your eyes on the water at all times. Talk about rip currents and know how to spot one. Know the weather forecast/flag colors at beaches. Swim only where lifeguards are present or an adult if home.