Car and Home Safety for Children. An Israeli Study

This article presents the results from an Israeli study of car and home safety for children. Among children older than one year of age in Israel, injury is the primary reason for death, with road accidents as the leading cause of injury. The study included 705 Jewish parents with 1,345 children younger than 15 years of age; participants were selected from 70 towns and cities. The parents were interviewed over the phone with a survey that covered home-safety questions regarding smoke detectors, window bars, and placement of cleaning chemicals; and car safety questions, including car seats. The section of seven questions on knowledge and behavior about car safety resulted in only three parents (0.4%) getting all seven questions correct. The question that most parents (98.9%) did not answer correctly was the age that a baby should still be restrained facing the rear of the car. Parents who demonstrated a higher level of knowledge of age-appropriate car safety rules also practiced a higher level of proper car restraining behavior with their children. The authors conclude by encouraging health care workers to continue to be active in the effort to increase the safety of children, including discussing safety at every possible medical encounter.

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    • Hemmo-Lotem, Michal
    • Urkin, Jacob
    • Endy-Findling, Liri
    • Haim, Littal Shemer
    • Merrick, Joav
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


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  • Accession Number: 01150398
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 9 2010 11:17AM