N.C. Dept. Offers Safety Tips for Kids

May 10, 2004

Recent statistics reportedly show that 41 North Carolina children under the age of 5 died from unintentional injuries in 2002. Among children ages 1 to 4, unintentional injuries were second only to motor vehicle injuries as the leading cause of death in the state.

As part of Consumer Product Safety Month in North Carolina, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) are teaming up to offer North Carolina parents and caregivers tips on how to prevent their children from becoming the next statistic.

“Our children are irreplaceable,” said Insurance Commissioner Jim Long, who also serves as state chair of the North Carolina SAFE KIDS Coalition. “I strongly urge all families with young children to take the necessary steps to make your homes safer. Little hazards that adults generally overlook could easily prove fatal to our kids.”

To help prevent unintentional injury to young children, the safety experts at UL and NCDOI are offering guidelines for home safety.

For more information, log onto www.ncdoi.com

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