Coalition says majority of childhood injuries are preventable

Unintentional injury is the number one cause of death among children ages one to 14. BreeAnn Silcox, coalition coordinator for the Bear River Heath Department’s Safe Kids Bear River, says the majority of childhood injuries can be prevented.

Coalition member Ed Crookston, an administrator for Cache County School District’s Transportation Services, said on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_01_30_328_18517_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program</a> that he works with the students, parents, administrators and law enforcement because there are safety concerns.

“We’ve been concerned about the number of vehicles that pass through red lights on our school buses when our students are loading and unloading,” Crookston said. “Of course this puts children in jeopardy when that’s happening. There (are) more fatalities that occur outside of the bus than occur on the bus nationally.”

Coalition members also said it is important to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in every home to keep families safe.

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