Coalition aiming to prevent childhood injuries

With summer coming to a close, and harvest time just around the corner, the Safe Kids Bear River Coalition has issued some tips to prevent childhood injuries that are prone to happen this time of year. “We do live in a rural area and their have been incidents in the past of injury,” says Jescee Adams, Health Promotion Specialist for Safe Kids Bear River. “We’ve had incidents this summer with just ATV’s, and also there have been incidents with children around water and water safety there is definitely separate incidents that have taken place.” Accidents like these prompted the organization to issue the guidelines. “The main goal for Safe Kids Bear River Coalition is to prevent unintentional childhood injuries for children ages one to 14,” says Adams. “We live in a community where we still have a lot of farming that takes place and a lot of families that participate in that with their children so we felt that this information was very fitting this time of year.” According to statistics, nearly half of all fatal motor vehicle crashes occur in rural areas. “Never, ever let a child ride in the bed of a pickup truck,” says Erin Griffeth of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. “Kids should not try to do the work of an adult. It takes physical strength and development, as well as mature judgment, to operate mechanical farm equipment safely.” Safe Kids Bear River recommends parents to supervise their children when carrying out farm chores, not allow them to operate farm machinery, and designate safe play areas separate from animals, equipment, and bodies of water.

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