CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT
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Taylorville, IL 62568
 
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Bruce Kettelkamp
Sheriff

      

FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK VOL 4, NR. 6

By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE

 

Memorial Day is actually an unofficial start of summer...  that means it’s time for playground fun, camping, swimming and other outdoor activities.

 

Of course, when kids are outdoors, their sense of adventure and curiosity soars.  Sometimes their excitement can lead to a higher risk of injuries. 

 

The Safe Kids Worldwide organization says that each year, 1 in 4 children, age 14 and younger, will sustain an injury that requires medical attention. 

 

The good news is many of these injuries are preventable by following a few simple tips and learning how to avoid accidents and injuries.

 

Here are their suggestions:

 

DRIVE WITH CARE:  There is a very good reason for this being number one on the list.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says that motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death and acquired disability of children and teens. 

 

Teach your children to buckle up every time they get into a car, regardless of the length of the car ride.  Wearing a seat belt dramatically reduces the risk of serious and often fatal injuries.

 

Always check around your parked car for children before you pull away.  Teach youngsters to be aware of moving vehicles and to wait in safe areas where drivers can see them.

 

Accompany young children when they get in and out of a vehicle.  Hold their hands when walking near moving vehicles and in driveways and parking lots.

 

LAWN MOWING SAFETY MATTERS:  While we think of it as a common household tool, the fact remains that thousands of children are injured in lawn mower accidents each year.  Some of these are severe injuries, so be sure to teach children to never play on, or around, a lawn mower, even when it’s not being used.  Never permit them to walk alongside, in front of, or behind a moving mower.

 

It’s a good idea to keep children under age 6 inside the home while mowing is going on.

 

FIRE SAFETY SIMPLIFIED:  Safe Kids Worldwide tells us that every hour about 16 children are injured from fires or burns.  Here are important suggestions that will help insure that your children won’t fall victim. 

 

It probably sounds unnecessary since it’s been urged by family adults for decades, but these ideas can help you teach your young ones to be safe around fireworks, grills and other heat sources.

 

Teach them to never play with matches, gasoline, lighter fluid or lighters. 

 

Don’t leave them unattended near grills, campfires, fire pits or bonfires.  Always have a bucket of water, or a fire extinguisher, nearby when burning fires.

 

If your child is injured by a fire or fireworks, immediately take him or her to a doctor or a hospital.

 

PLAYGROUND 101:  Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children, age 14 and younger, for playground related injuries every year.  Before they play at the park or school playground, be sure they keep the following precautions in mind.

 

Make sure they have appropriate and properly fitting safety equipment when participating in any sport.  These include such things as helmets and goggles which can greatly reduce the risk of head and eye injuries. 

 

Take your children to playgrounds with shock absorbing surfaces.  Choose parks and playgrounds that are appropriate for their age.  Check for hazardous broken equipment and continuously supervise your children while they are at play.

 

Teach children to use playground and sports equipment properly. 

 

Remind them that pushing, shoving and crowding on the playground can result in accidents and injuries.

 

MAKE A SAFE SPLASH:  There are more than 10 million residential pools across America.  It’s wonderful to have such opportunities for water recreation at home or away, but that also means there are many opportunities for water-related mishaps. 

 

In fact, the CDC says drowning is the 5th leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States.  Children are particularly at risk…1 in 5 drowning victims are age 14 or younger.

 

Dedicating appropriate attention to your family’s pool maintenance, and making sure you have created an environment of safety, will let you enjoy swimming and splashing with greater peace of mind. 

 

POOL MAINTENANCE ESSENIALS:

 

The CDC cites “lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, and lack of close supervision while swimming” are some of the leading risks associated with drowning.

 

Preventative efforts, such as properly learning to swim, teaching swimming skills, and having at least one person with CPR training present when the pool is in use, substantially reduces the risks of injury. 

 

Designate a “lifeguard.”  Always pick at least one responsible adult to monitor children at all times.

 

Invest in the proper tools to keep your water crystal clear.

 

WATCH FOR PART 2 OF THIS NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK FOR MORE ESSENTIAL TOOLS TO MAKE SUMMER FUN AND SAFE!

 

Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

 

   Jan.

     Feb.

   Mar.

    April

    May

Warrants

15

8

20

12

    5

Citations

43

65

126

91

     83

Crashes

37

49

45

23

    33

DUI’S

3

0

3

2

    5

Civil Process

105

       70

110

150

128

Criminal Arrests

6

9

9

3

     17

Domestic Calls

13

11

12

9

  12

Calls For Service

502

479

445

496

552

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed       

68

69

82

91

72

Average Daily Population

54

48

53

47

51

 

 

Fingerprints

7

18

14

14

19

Transports

8

7

9

16

20

Transport Mileage

729

526

1690

1321

1633

Transport Hours

32

33

48

57

89