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November 13, 2019
Parents, safety gear doesn’t work if you don’t click it.
Every day in the U.S., children end up in emergency rooms for injuries that could have been prevented if safety gear had been used—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the yearly average for all childhood unintentional injuries is 9.2 million.
Seatbelts, safety seats, helmets and lifejackets prevent injuries and save lives. Getting around in your car, you’re already in the habit of clicking your child’s seatbelt before you hit the road. Your habit teaches your child about car seatbelts so apply it to other areas of your life and your child’s, and share your family’s safety standards with anyone who cares for your child. Good examples are excellent teachers.
When your child sees that using safety gear is automatic, they are more likely to carry these habits into adolescence and adulthood. Teach your child that injuries can happen to anyone, expert bikers fall off their bikes and even good swimmers are no match for strong beach currents—that’s why it’s important to always wear safety gear.
“Children are more apt to follow a parent or adult’s lead,” says Dr. Scott Rivkees, Florida’s Surgeon General, “by clicking your safety equipment every time, you remind children they have to click theirs.”
What makes you click?
Your child makes you click and that’s why the Florida Department of Health’s What makes you click? campaign was designed to increase injury prevention awareness: click helmet straps before biking or riding a scooter, and click lifejackets before swimming and boating. For more safety tips, visit WaterSmartFL and Safe Kids Florida.