First at Four: Keep your kids safe this summer

First at Four: Keep your kids safe this summer

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.

Bike/pedestrian safety

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.

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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.

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.

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