Experts call summer ‘trauma season’


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — People who work to prevent injuries call these hot months “trauma season.” This afternoon experts will get together in Hartford to talk keeping kids safe.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is holding its annual summer safety press conference later today. If you thought ice and cold were dangerous, they are nothing compared to the dangers of summer, because the kids are outside doing a lot more.

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Drowning alone is a huge risk, so remember to never leave a kid alone at the beach or anywhere near a pool, even kiddie pools. It doesn’t take a lot of water to drown.

This weekend we’ve got to worry about fireworks safety. Even though sparklers of various sizes are legal in Connecticut, that does not mean they’re safe for kids. Those things get incredibly hot and those sparks can put out an eye.

And here’s one you may not even think about; when you open an upstairs window, even if there’s a screen on, it’s still easy for a little kid to fall out of that window unless you have child guards.

There are steps you can take to reduce the chance that your child will be one of the 3 million rushed to the emergency room this summer. The press conference is this afternoon at one in Hartford.

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