Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to child safety.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH THIS QUICK QUIZ.
1. What are the leading causes of injury-related hospitalizations for children
under age 15?
B. Motor vehicle collisions and bicycle crashes
D. All of the above
2. What is an important safety feature of a child’s bicycle helmet?
A. It freely moves more than an inch in either direction
B. It has a label that says it meets the standards of either the American
Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM ) or the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC)
C. It has a strong strap and buckle that holds firm in a crash but releases
five seconds after a steady pull
D. B and C
3. What percentage of children who should be restrained in booster seats
actually use them?
A. 19 percent
B. 33 percent
C. 50 percent
D. 75 percent
4. True or false? More than 90 percent of all child poisonings happen in the home.
THE ANSWERS AND WHY
1. D – All of the above. Of the three, motor vehicle collisions are the deadliest and the leading
cause of accidental injury-related death in children ages 14 and under.
2. D – California law requires anyone under age 18 to wear a properly
fitted and fastened helmet while riding a non-motorized scooter, skateboard
or bicycle and while wearing in-line or roller skates.
3. A – Many parents mistakenly believe their children are too big for
a car seat. According to California state law, youngsters must be in a
child restraint if they are 5 years and younger or less than 60 pounds.
4. True – Most poisonings happen to children between the ages of 6 months
and 5 years. Many ordinary things in the house — from plants to
household cleaners — can be poisonous to a child.