Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children in the United States. Did you know that today 25 children will die in the United States from an unintentional injury?
This week, one child will die from choking on food. This month, 18,750 children will be admitted for an injury. This year, 8.7 million children will be treated for an injury in the ER. Approximately 3.4 million children are under the care of siblings at homes. Approximately 15 million students are unsupervised after school. Educational programs such as Safe Sitter equips babysitters and siblings with skills and knowledge to prevent most injuries.
The Fayette County Health Department is offering classes this summer to young teens, boys or girls, who are going into sixth, seventh or eighth grades this fall who want to babysit or who help take care of younger siblings. This class teaches safety skills, child care skills, first aid, choking and rescue, life and business skills to help young sitters be successful on the job, such as being prepared, being responsible and being considerate.
The classes are held at the health department on certain Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is one day, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the cost is $40. Each participant gets a Safe Sitter kit, which includes the student manual, cinch bag, flashlight, and Band-Aid dispenser, important information note pad and their completion card.
Each participant should bring a packed lunch for themselves. If you are interested please call the health department at 740-335-5910 to register.