The American Academy of Pediatrics has strongly advised against trampoline use at home. In an article published this week in the journal, "Pediatrics," the authors recommended that parents prohibit their kids from using home trampolines because of the risk for serious injury. If trampolines are used, it should only be in a structured program with active supervision by adults or coaches.
The previous post discussed school bus safety tips for children. This post will cover the equally important task of reminding adults to drive safe now that a new school year has begun. Of course, motorists should keep an eye out for youngsters on their way to school while driving to work in the morning. Kids trying to catch a bus may dart into the street without looking. Also, look out for kids on the sidewalk when you are backing out of your driveway or leaving a parking garage.
As the school year gets further underway and the daylight hours start to dwindle, it is important to remind your kids of important school bus safety information. School buses are relatively safe, yet 24 kids still die every year in school bus accidents -- a little less than half inside buses in crashes and a little more than half in pedestrian accidents.
Alex Toys has recently recalled a toddler trampoline which can present a fall hazard for young children. The Little Jumpers Trampolines were sold for around $100 across the country.
An elderly driver recently backed onto a sidewalk outside of a Los Angeles elementary school and ran over nine children and two adults. The pedestrian accident occurred shortly after classes let out one day and the children gathered to buy snacks from a street vendor in front of the south Los Angeles school.
In our last post we discussed a CDC report which indicates that Los Angeles has a lower car accident fatality rate compared to rural areas. The CDC data also indicates that teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than drivers over the age of 24.
A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that urban areas have lower rates of car accident fatalities than rural areas. The national car accident fatality rate was 11.1 deaths per 100,000 people. Los Angeles' car accident death rate was 7.7 deaths per 100,000 people.