Posts Categorized: Injury Prevention

Heat Related Illnesses

Summer is cruising by, and we are approaching the season of sports, cheerleading and band camps. It’s a good time for a refresher on the importance of good hydration and heat related illness – not just for campers, but for all who are active in the summer weather. Heat and humidity make children and adults… Read more »

Be SMART: How Safe Gun Storage Can Prevent Injuries

Today, safety advocates across the nation will come together to share an important message in honor of National ASK day.  The message is simple: Asking Saves Lives.  Most parents already ask if there are any pets or smokers in the home where your children play, so ask a third question. Ask – Is there an… Read more »

Dangers of “Dry Drowning”

Summer days call for vacations to the beach, dips in the pool, and trips to the playground. Children will spend the next few months enjoying the beautiful weather, and here at Children’s, we want to warn you about a safety concern that has recently hit national headlines. In current months, multiple cases of “dry drowning”… Read more »

Falls Can Happen Anywhere

From a child’s perspective, everything is a potential mountain to climb (that giant bookshelf), obstacle to overcome (those pesky stairs) or mysterious place to investigate (anywhere beyond the safety gate). Little bumps will happen but these brave expeditions shouldn’t result in something more serious. Unintentional falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for children… Read more »

Safe Kids Allegheny County Promotes Carbon Monoxide Safety in the Home

Safe Kids Allegheny County, of which Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is the lead agency, recently partnered with the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association and Pittsburgh Poison Center to provide Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire with dozens of carbon monoxide detectors to emphasize the importance of safety in the home around all fuel burning appliances. “Because… Read more »