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Super Bowl weekend a perfect time to secure TVs against tip-overs, says safety expert at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Feb. 4, 2016—This weekend many eyes will be glued to the television so as not to miss a single play—or a single commercial—of the Super Bowl broadcast. But a child safety expert at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt says that before viewers focus on what’s on the screen, they should take a minute to focus...

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Beware: Winter coats and child car seats don’t mix

Jan. 12, 2016—Bulky coats can give the false impression that your child is snugly strapped into his or her car seat, warns Purnima Unni, manager of the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in this MySouthernHealth.com article.

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offers safety tips for holiday decorating

Dec. 16, 2015—Holiday lights and decorations are a special part of the season but also bring an increased potential for injury, especially to young children. During November and December 2014, holiday decorations or decorating safety mishaps accounted for 12 fatalities and an estimated 14,500 injuries nationwide, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The dangers that...

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offers tips for preventing holiday toy injuries

Nov. 23, 2015—With the holiday shopping season upon us, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt offers critical safety tips to those buying gifts for children. In 2015, there were 25 toy recalls, a decline from previous years. But even with the drop in recalls, a 2014 report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)...

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Reminder: Child pedestrian deaths increase on Halloween night

Oct. 28, 2015—Safety experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt know Halloween can be scary, but for different reasons than you think. On average, twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

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Allstate Foundation grant bolsters teen-driver safety initiatives at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Oct. 21, 2015—Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will expand its teen motor vehicle safety program, “Be in the Zone – Turn off Your Phone” with the help of a $60,000 award from the Allstate Foundation. The program is spearheaded by the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program to increase awareness among teens about the dangers of...

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Safety expert at Monroe Carell Jr. Children Hospital at Vanderbilt reminds you to follow the ABCs of water safety this Memorial Day weekend

May. 22, 2015—Memorial Day Weekend means backyard barbeques and spending time with family and friends at the pool, beach or on a boat. Drowning and near-drowning incidents often occur during long holiday weekends. Drowning is among the leading causes of death in Tennessee for children ages 1 to 18. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates nearly...

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Four simple tips for avoiding child heat stroke

Jun. 17, 2014—These four tips could keep your children safe this summer.

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Children’s Hospital: Follow these tips for lawn mower safety

May. 16, 2014—Injuries from lawn mowers are among the most traumatic seen at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. They are devastating to patients and their families.

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Vanderbilt specialists urge caution with Fourth of July fireworks

Jul. 1, 2013—Vanderbilt specialists are urging parents and children to leave the fireworks displays to the experts this Fourth of July. Children are often seen at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for a variety of injuries, including serious damage to eyes from bottle rockets, third-degree burns related to the use of sparklers, and trauma,...

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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt urges parents to talk to teens about safe driving this holiday season

Dec. 20, 2012—Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death among teenagers every year, and crash deaths are even higher during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It is very important that teen drivers avoid distraction in any form to keep themselves and others safe. Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Coordinator at...

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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