Boyce Park events promote winter safety for kids
They don't even have to look outside. Physicians at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC can tell it's been snowing just from the injuries that roll into the emergency room, said Dr. Barbara Gaines, trauma and injury prevention director.
“When there's the opportunity for activities, invariably we'll see some kids who get injured because of those activities. If they don't have that opportunity, we don't see nearly as much,” said Gaines, who visited Kids Winter Safety Weekend events Saturday at the Boyce Park ski slopes in Plum.
The events, including an afternoon giveaway of free ski helmets, encourage injury prevention as youths gear up for winter sports and activities.
All kids younger than 18 will receive free ski helmet rentals Sunday at the park.
Skiing and sledding are key contributors to winter injuries among children, including concussions and fractures of extremities, Gaines said.
“I think some of our worst injuries happen because kids and cars don't mix well,” she said, warning parents to monitor where their children go sledding and to keep them away from roads.
She encourages sled riders not to travel head-first and to consider wearing protective headgear.
More preventive ideas are posted on the Children's Hospital website at www.chp.edu.
“We want kids to have fun — and to do it safely,” Gaines said.
The Kohl's Hard Heads Helmet Program and Children's Hospital presented the helmet giveaway. The Kohl's Foundation gave the hospital $286,091 in support of the program.
Adam Smeltz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.