Negev car crash 311.
(photo credit: Channel 2)
With high school pupils already on vacation and kindergarten and elementary
pupils about to follow them, the risk of preventable accidents rises sharply,
according to Beterem, the national center for child safety and
Last July and August, 28 children and teens died on the road, at
recreation spots, at home or close to home, while the summer vacation death toll
of under-18s between 2004 and 2009 was 184.
Beterem noted that 43 percent
of those youngsters who died last summer had drowned, 35% died in road
accidents, 7% in falls, 4% by choking or strangling and 11% died of
such as being harmed by animals, accidental poisoning and burns.
center urges parents not to leave young children in vehicles alone for
moment, as some have been forgotten there. Between 2004 and 2007, 40
were left in hot vehicles, and four of them died.
rescue and first-aid organization has printed up car stickers in a
languages to remind adults never to leave children in vehicles alone.
37-degree Celsius heat outside can produce 58 degrees even if a window
is left a
bit open, said Beterem director Orly Silbinger; and when totally closed,
vehicle can become a deadly grill.
Even though current law allows
to leave children alone and unsupervised from age six, Beterem urges the
changing of the law to nine or even older. A baby-sitter should not be
age of 14, the organization says. Always leave emergency numbers and
instructions for an emergency with the babysitter and older children who
alone at home.
An adult must supervise when children are at the
the beach. When going to recreation areas and hotels, make sure safety
observed. Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera reported that only last
three children who nearly drowned to death were brought to the emergency
Emergency department head Dr. Jalal Ashkar urged all
look carefully at their homes for possible dangers. Any unused electric
must be covered with plastic pieces meant for this purpose. While an
cooks, make sure pot and pan handles face inwards and cannot be reached
Hot-water kettles must be stable and inaccessible to
Children on bicycles and other wheeled objects must
wear certified helmets at all times.
Keep an eye on children with
vomiting, and diarrhea and prevent dehydration due to heat and viral or
When in nature areas, don’t allow children
rocks or other objects under which snakes or other poisonous creatures
Protect children from sunburn with widebrimmed hats,
long-sleeved clothing and sunscreen. Anyone burned by jellyfish should
treated with salt water or vinegar and not with drinking water.