Georgia ranks 14th in children's safety

Lieutenant Renee McAneny of the Columbus Police Department says it isn't enough for parents to preach to their children about safety and to watch out for them.

"You have to make sure that their caregiver, be a grandparent or whomever, also stresses safety, especially during the summer months."

McAneny took part in a press conference at the Columbus Health Department this morning that kicked off National Safe Kids Week.

There was some good news. According to the Safe Kids U.S. Summer Safety Ranking Report, a new study released today by Safe Kids Worldwide, Georgia ranks 14th in the nation among 50 states and Washington D. C. in a ranking based on children's unintentional injury deaths in summer and the change in that rate over a five year period. Alabama ranked 26th in the list.

Topping the list were Vermont, New Washington D.C. , New York and Delaware. At the bottom were Nebraska, West Virginia, South Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming.

"We certainly would like to be ranked higher," said Pamela Fair coalition leader of Safe Kids Columbus, "but we are pleased." All of the states were ranked according to the number of summer unintentional deaths per 100,000 children ages 0-14. Safe Kids announced there will be a bike rodeo on June 9 from noon-2 p.m. at 510 10th street and free bicycle helmets will be given out.

For more on this and other safety programs see Tuesday's Ledger-Enquirer.