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Michael McLemore

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Unintentional accidents are the leading causes of injuries for children 9-11 years old according to the Centers for Disease Control. The most common types are the result of automobile accidents, poisonings and falls. We all know that our kids can find numerous other ways to hurt themselves, so the Sugar Land Fire Department devotes time each year to prevent as many as possible.

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we’d like to share some information about a school program that we call our “Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Spring Safety Presentation.” During these in-school presentations, we discuss fire- and life-safety issues specific to this age group with an emphasis on summer time activities that can cause injuries. We help equip kids to have a happy and, hopefully, safe summer break. Among the subjects we discuss are safety helmets, seatbelt usage, burn prevention and care, poison prevention and fall safety. This school program is offered to all public and private elementary schools (within our jurisdiction) every April and May!

We want this to be fun and informative for the kids so they will be engaged for the entire 50 minutes we have with them. In order to accomplish this, we have interactive activities and utilize real-life stories to capture their imagination and maintain their attention. We often gauge our effectiveness by the question and answer session that concludes our program or by written essay.

With this said, please take a few minutes to discuss the following with your children:

• Always wear a safety helmet when on wheels. This includes bikes, scooters, skates, etc.

• Wear your seatbelt correctly while riding in the car.

• Never swim alone! Never dive head first without adult permission and checking the depth of the water.

• Only take medications that are prescribed for you. Remember vitamins and over-the-counter medications can be dangerous, too!

• Always cool a burn with water first! If it’s larger than your fist, seek medical treatment right away!

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