Posts Categorized: Injury Prevention

New Rules on Child Car Seats in PA

Now in Pennsylvania, children age 2 and younger must sit in rear-facing car seats, according to a new state law. The state is now the fourth in the country to require rear-facing seats for babies and toddlers and the move will keep kids safer on the road. Since 2011, both the American Academy of Pediatrics… Read more »

Look Before You Lock: Prevent Heatstroke

It’s happens nearly every week: kids lefts in hot cars. As a parent you think: that’s impossible, or it won’t happen to me? Since 1998, more than 680 children across the United States have died from car-related heatstroke when unattended in a vehicle.  Countless others were involved in “near miss” situations, meaning children were saved from… Read more »

Stay Safe Playing Pokémon GO

In just a few short days, millions of children, teens, and even adults are exploring various neighborhoods because of Pokémon GO, a new free virtual reality mobile app using landmarks as spots for Pokémon locations. Here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, we have already seen a few cases of kids being injured, and we want to make… Read more »

Fireworks Safety

It’s that time again – fireworks season! Almost everyone loves fireworks (except pets and small children) and the best way to enjoy the magic of the sights and sounds is from a distance. We all know that fireworks are explosives and dangerous, but sometimes that gets missed when we tie them into fun with friends,… Read more »

Keeping Your Home Safe During the Summer

Now that everyone is home from school for the summer it’s a good time to remember some home safety tips. Most injuries to small children happen in the home. Here are some tips to keep in mind: *Do a quick check to be sure that poisons, pesticides, etc. are all out of reach and/or locked… Read more »