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Popular Child Safety Day Event Returns to Canonsburg Hospital

Thursday, May 31, 2018

CANONSBURG, Pa. – After more than 500 people packed the inaugural event in 2017, Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Canonsburg Hospital will host its second annual Child Safety Day this Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the hospital grounds.

In addition to giveaways and the chance to ask questions of medical personnel and local fire, police, EMS, and pharmacy professionals, the free event will feature: a LifeFlight medical helicopter, “touch-a-truck” emergency vehicle demonstrations, a SWAT team vehicle and the Coast Guard, a visit by the Pirate Parrot, and a chance to win Pirates tickets, bicycles, and T-shirts.

Unintentional injuries remain the leading cause of death for kids under the age of 19 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Canonsburg Hospital started Child Safety Day last year to increase awareness of injuries that, all too often, are preventable and avoidable.

“Injuries to children can be devastating and deadly, and of course, no parent wants to see their child harmed,” said Kathleen Latouf, DO, Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Canonsburg Hospital. “But the impact of the injuries can be lessened or avoided entirely by taking the right steps. With the proper information and safety measures in place, such as having a correctly installed car seat or a child wearing a helmet while riding a bike, many of these injuries can be prevented or curtailed.” 

Dr. Latouf will be joined by her fellow emergency department physicians Anthony D’Alessio, MD, and Deylin Negron-Smida, MD, along with several other physicians and medical personnel at the event. 

In 1987, more than 16,000 children under the age of 19 died from unintentional injuries. That number dropped to less than 7,700 children in 2013. While a significant decline, according to the CDC that figure still represented the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. Motor vehicle/traffic accidents, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, and fire/burning top the list.

“Canonsburg Hospital and Allegheny Health Network are committed to providing the best care possible for our patients,” Dr. Latouf added, “But we also want to keep our community healthy, safe, and, hopefully, out of the emergency department.”