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Franciscan Hospital for Children and W.A.T.C.H. Present “Summer Safety Hazards for Children”

WHAT: W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.) will alert parents and caregivers about the risks of summertime activities and the safety precautions they should take to make it an enjoyable summer. The conference will warn of “SUMMER SAFETY HAZARDS FOR CHILDREN” and include a “STATE OF THE INDUSTRY” update addressing WARM WEATHER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS TO AVOID, and RECENT TOY SAFETY TRENDS (injuries, recalls). A variety of summertime traps will be highlighted, such as current issues relating to water safety (pool recreational product recalls and current data about child drownings). A variety of summertime traps will be highlighted, such as current issues relating to water safety (pool recreational product recalls and current data about child drownings).

Copies of the report, interviews & photo opportunities available following the press conference.

WHO: James A. Swartz, Director of W.A.T.C.H., noted trial attorney, author and consumer advocate,
Joan E. Siff, President of W.A.T.C.H. and consumer advocate,
Dr. Varuna Tuli, Pediatrician at Franciscan Hospital for Children’s outpatient clinic,
John D. Nash, President and CEO of Franciscan Hospital for Children.

WHERE: Franciscan Hospital for Children. 30 Warren Street, Brighton (Chamberlain Conference Room)

WHEN: Thursday, June 27, 2013 – 10:00 AM

WHY: Safety is a year-round concern. The annual list of “Summer Safety Hazards for Children” and the “State of the Industry” update will keep the public aware of recent activity relating to many of the toy and child safety concerns from this past year as well as summer recreational products to avoid. With summer weather comes the chance to enjoy the outdoors. Summer itself is a time for outdoor fun but can also be a time for injuries. This time of year accounts for nearly half of injury-related deaths to children. Hospital emergency departments will treat about 2.7 million children injured in accidents this summer.  These incidences can drop significantly with education.

W.A.T.C.H. is a non-profit organization working to educate the public about child safety. W.A.T.C.H helps raise awareness about the dangers lurking in many toys, children’s products, and recreational activities. Noted trial attorneys, authors and consumer advocates, Edward Swartz (1934-2010), James Swartz, Joan Siff and W.A.T.C.H. have been responsible for the “10 WORST TOYS” nominees released for over 30 years as well as safety conferences addressing summer safety hazards for children. For more information on W.A.T.C.H. and the press conference, please visit www.toysafety.org.

Franciscan Hospital for Children, located in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, is the largest pediatric rehabilitation facility in New England. Programs and services offered address the medical, behavioral and educational needs of children. For more information on Franciscan Hospital for Children please visit www.franciscanhospital.org. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FranciscanHFC or follow Franciscan Hospital for Children on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FranciscanHFC.

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