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Shriners Hospitals and NASCAR’s David Ragan Join Forces to Reduce the Risks of Childhood Injuries

by Pasadena Independent
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To kick off National Safety Month, Shriners Hospitals for Children® joins forces with NASCAR driver, Shriner and Love to the rescue® Ambassador, David Ragan to help reduce childhood injuries this summer. The On Track for a Safe Summer campaign will combine public service announcements, community outreach and other activities throughout the summer to help parents reduce the risks of injuries.

Known as “trauma season” among public health and medical professionals, summer is a time when serious injuries and unintentional deaths increase dramatically among children.* Statistics show that 40% of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42% of all injury-related deaths among children happen between the months of May and August. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented with a few simple precautions.

“I know a fun-filled summer day can turn into tragedy within seconds when an accident occurs,” said Ragan. “Shriners Hospitals and I want to provide families with simple ways to reduce the risk of childhood injuries so kids can enjoy a safe summer.”

As experts in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and burns, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles urges parents and caregivers to remind kids of these simple precautions to keep them injury-free this summer:

-Swing sitting down.

-Slide feet first, one child at a time.

-Do not push or shove others on the playground.

-Always swim with an adult or a friend.

-Wear a life jacket when near the water.

-Never play on or around lawn mowers.

-Do not play around fire pits, campfires or grills.

“Sustaining a serious injury can be a life-altering event for a child,” said Dale Stauss, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We see patients every day with injuries caused by accidents and we are committed to raising awareness about how to stay safe this summer. Working with David Ragan to keep kids on track for a safe summer is just another way we send Love to rescue.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles wants all kids to enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. For additional safety tips, flyers and activity pages for children, visit ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org/SafeSummer. 

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