August 16, 1987 |
It's not exactly the community-based child-protection effort that Terry Sanginiti envisioned, but the child-safety program she helped to arrange for Friday and Saturday at the Gallery could be a good start. At least, that's what Sanginiti - president of the Christ the King Home and School Association, in the area near the Northeast Philadelphia Airport - is hoping. At times, she has felt she is all alone in her convictions, but Sanginiti remains convinced that two recent Northeast crimes involving young people - the September 1986 murder of Tina Severns and the abduction and rape of a 10-year-old girl in March - were not such flukes that parents can afford to forget them.
June 10, 2003 |
Cherry Hill School Superintendent Morton Sherman has proposed expanding the maximum walking distance from 2 miles to 2.5 miles to Cherry Hill High School East, denying busing for some children, including my daughter. Sherman has described the transportation provided as a "courtesy" that the district can no longer afford. Apparently, child safety is not considered a basic right, nor even a privilege. Also, he has proposed eliminating the 5:30 p.m. late bus for everyone, forcing students to make their way home at night during rush-hour traffic.
November 19, 2000 |
A deaf child sniffs the acrid smoke; he tastes the powdery ash on his tongue; he sees the bedroom door frame growing redder, redder. But the one sense that could save him fails him. He hears nothing. But fire warnings - alarms using strobe lights and vibrations - will soon be available for the beds of deaf children in low-income families in the area, said Kelly Franchetti, an emergency-room nurse. At a news conference last week, she announced the formation of the Camden-Gloucester County Safe Kids Coalition, a branch of the national campaign formed in 1987.
May 7, 1995 |
Evan Tsao might be alive today if he had been in a child safety seat on that summer day in 1989 when the plane carrying him and his mother crashed near Sioux City, Iowa. His mother walked away. Lost in the wreckage, 22-month- old Evan died of smoke inhalation. The number of infants who have died in plane crashes because they weren't in safety seats is small - the National Transportation Safety Board has found five cases in eight years. One occurred last year in a crash at the airport in Charlotte, N.C. Flight attendants, worried that the incidents will continue, are beginning a letter-writing campaign to encourage Congress to act on legislation to mandate the safety seats.
May 28, 2001 |
For many children, this weekend marks the start of the most fun time of year. But summer is the most dangerous season, too. Fully a third of injury-related deaths involving children occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with July being the deadliest month of all, according to a new study by the National Safe Kids Campaign, an advocacy group. "Summer - we call it the trauma season," said Gina Duchossois, a safety educator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who chairs the local Safe Kids organization.
March 18, 1990 |
Try as she might, and she tried mightily, 15-month-old Audra Leimberg could not poke her chubby fingers through the mesh netting that separated her from the handrail spindles at the top of the stairway. Behind her, in the wall, was an equally impenetrable obstacle: an electrical outlet with a spring-loaded lock cover. Downstairs, a group of 5-year-olds shrieked with glee as they ran from room to room playing hide-and-seek, oblivous to the precautions around them. The carpeting had extra padding to soften falls, the edge strips on the flooring were designed to prevent trips, and a door alarm would sound if one of them sneaked outside.
April 11, 1997 |
The tragic accident involving Akeem Williams illustrates the need for child safety locks on handguns. Akeem and his siblings were visiting the home of a family friend when they stumbled onto a .25-caliber pistol. The children, naturally curious, began to play with the weapon - and pop, a 4-year-old is wounded and his 5-year-old sister is traumatized. This tragedy and others could have been avoided if a child safety lock had been installed on the firearm. Child safety locks prevent unauthorized discharging of handguns.
February 7, 1988 |
In observance of Pennsylvania's Child Passenger Safety Week, local police officers will be on the lookout next week for drivers who use safety seats to protect their children. Upper Providence Township Police Chief Thomas Davis said the officers in his department would write down the license numbers of drivers using safety seats and send them to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which will issue each vehicle owner a certificate of commendation. Other municipalities planning to keep an eye on safety-seat use include East Lansdowne, Eddystone, Glenolden, Lansdowne, Media, Millbourne, Nether Providence, Ridley Park, Ridley Township and Yeadon.
February 7, 1997 |
A suburban Williamsport woman whose daughter was killed by an air bag in a three-vehicle accident has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide. According to an affidavit filed by state police in Lycoming County, 23-month-old Melissa Ann Bruch was riding on the lap of a front-seat passenger when her mother, Lois Marie Bruch, who was driving, rammed into the rear of a stopped pickup truck. Neither Melissa nor the passenger, Timothy L. Hampton, was using safety restraints.
August 9, 1987 |
Montgomery County residents are being asked to get hooked - on seat belts. The slogan is part of a campaign, being developed with a $90,000 federal grant to Montgomery County and Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, to educate county adults and children about automobile safety. "The usage rate of seat belts in Pennsylvania is 35 percent, but according to our research, in Montgomery County the usage rate is only 25 percent," said Gale De Mayo, coordinator of the new program. De Mayo said the program would concentrate on educating the public about seat-belt safety through workshops, seminars and demonstrations.