Disclosure: I was compensated by Today’s Mama and Primary Children’s Hospital to for this post on children’s safety. All thoughts, opinions and photos of helmet-less cantaloupes are 100% honest and all mine.
Last Saturday I packed up the kids and headed to The Leonardo for the first ever Safety Saturday event hosted by Primary Children’s Hospital. First let me tell you how much I enjoy The Leonardo. I first visited it as part of a review for SassyScoops.com, and then I returned with Nathan for the special Da Vinci: The Genius traveling exhibit.
But this visit was all about keeping children safe, and Primary Children’s Hospital had interactive booths set up all around the museum with children’s safety tips.
The first one we visited was on seat belt safety—and it was hands down my children’s favorite. What’s not to love about strapping your personalized egg into a car and letting it race down a road that rivals Lombard Street…without a seat belt?
For a short video of the exhibit in action, click here.
Simple safety truths about seat belts:
- Correctly used, car seats (and boosters) can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.
- In Utah, people who were unrestrained were 31 times more likely to die in a crash than those who were restrained.
- When adults wear seat belts, kids are more likely to buckle up.
Next we stopped by what I like to call the jello brain booth. Or maybe cantaloupe brain is more apt a description. Yes, we’re talkin’ helmet safety.
Simple safety truths about helmets:
- Head injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes.
- Studies show bicycle helmets reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 85-88%.
- 92% of bicyclists killed in crashes were not wearing a helmet.
- Helmets should be worn when using other wheeled transportation (scooters, wiggle cars, skateboards).
The other two Safety Saturday booth that caught my children’s attention were the ones featuring pedestrian safety and window falls.
Okay, so maybe pedestrian safety caught my eye due to the handsome and charming crossing guard.
Simple safety truths about crossing the street:
- 34% of pedestrian injuries happened in a marked crosswalk.
- 33% of drivers who hit pedestrians where turning.
- In Utah in 2011, 886 pedestrians were struck by motor vehicles; 770 were injured and 32 were killed.
- Parents should teach kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and keeping watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
I’m pretty sure window safety was a favorite due to the ginormous bugs stuck to the window screen.
I was happy to stop because I have a fear of my kids falling out their two-story window. It may be an irrational fear because they’ve never opened the bedroom window on their own, nor have they leaned against the screen. But that side of the house has nothing that would break a fall except cement. *shiver*
Simple safety truths about window falls:
- Each year in the U.S., 15 to 20 children under the age of 11 die and nearly 15,000 are injured from window falls.
- Children are more likely to be hurt after a fall from a window than any other type of fall.
- Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows. Screens keep bugs out, not kids in! (Dang it all…)
Other children’s safety tips I wanted to share:
- Each year in Utah an average of 64 children under age 10 are struck or run over and 4 are killed by a motor vehicle on private property.
- In more than half the deaths, the driver was a family member.
- Despite a 40% decline since ’87, drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury related to death to children ages 1 to 9, taking more than 900 lives each year.
- In the time it takes to cross the room for a towel (10 seconds), a child can become submerged in the bathtub. Answering the phone (2 minutes)? That child can lose consciousness. Sign for a package (4 to 6 minutes)? A child submerged in the bathtub or pool can sustain permanent brain damage.
But let’s not end this post on such a serious note. I mean, I haven’t even touched on the Spooky Science exhibit currently on display at The Leonardo.
That is a real tesla coil, people.
And let’s not forget my favorite work of art located in the hands-on workshop at The Leonardo. It’s appropriately named Celestial.
I’m pretty sure all Coca-Cola bottles should have gold leaf.
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