7 Steps to Summer Safety

How to keep summer fun safe for your kids (8 Photos)

Amanda Dorsey on Jun 25, 2011 at 10:51AM

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7 Steps to Summer Safety

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Safety on the Road

July has more fatal car crashes than any other month of the year. That statistic spans every age group, and for kids aged 3 to 14, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death; in the summer, there's a 20 percent spike in deaths.

Be a safe driver. Make sure your car is properly maintained at all times. Pay attention to your surroundings, and don't let yourself get distracted by phones, music, passengers, or anything else.

Some vehicle crashes happen to people who are just walking, too. Indeed, nearly half of ER visits for pedestrian accidents in children happen in the summer. Especially when you're traveling to unfamiliar neighborhoods, be extra vigilant of foot traffic.

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