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Childhood safety in Pennsylvania

An organization known as Safe Kids Pennsylvania is trying to raise awareness of child safety and prevent product injuries from occurring by keeping seemingly innocuous but dangerous or defective products from being in the possession of children. The key to such safety is educating parents, stressing active supervision and taking steps to childproof the home.

Children are injured while riding as passengers in cars, gaining access to toxins or poisons, engaging in unsafe sports' practices, from burns or falls, and open access to firearms. Unintentional childhood injury is the leading cause of death and disability for those under the age of 14.

Most of these hazards can be easily eliminated with little to no expense. Activities and displays for children and adults and safety checklists can greatly reduce the risk of such injuries.

Obviously, if anyone is going to be unaware of (or ignore) safety warnings, it will be children. Children will not care if a toy is not supposed to be used in only an intended and safe manner. A toy with sharp edges will possibly be used to stab other children. Items that were intended not to be swallowed probably will be swallowed. Children using products like stilts or trampolines will likely be injured in falls. Products that can cause burns likely will cause burns when it comes to usage by children.

As far as toys and other products produced by various manufacturers, product liability suits are in place to keep such manufacturers in line. If an injury from such a product has occurred, such a lawsuit may prevent that product from being further marketed and result in preventing injuries in the future.

Source: Market Watch, "Safe Kids Pennsylvania Raises Injury Prevention Awareness at 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show," Jan. 6, 2012

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