OGDEN -- Every hour in the United States, a child dies from a preventable injury.
Motor vehicle and pedestrian-related crashes, drownings, suffocations and falls are the No. 1 causes of death in children ages 1 through 14, both nationwide and in Utah, according to the Utah Department of Health.
In an effort to help parents and caregivers learn how to keep children safe, Safe Kids Utah teamed up with Rocky Mountain Chevy dealers across the state to bring about awareness.
At John Watson Chevrolet in Ogden, experts from the Weber-Morgan Health Department's Safe Kids Coalition conducted car seat inspections. Seventeen kids also each got a free bike helmet.
"There are a lot of things to be aware of when it comes to protecting our kids, especially now that summer vacation is coming up," said Jann Fawcett, Weber-Morgan Health Department Safe Kids Coalition coordinator and injury prevention specialist. "We are going to be checking to see if car seats are installed properly, and we will answer questions about safety issues."
Because car crashes are the No.1 killer of children ages 1 to 12, Fawcett said it's extremely important to choose the right car seat made specifically for your child's height and weight.
"Make sure your car seat fits in your vehicle correctly and always read the owner's manual on how to install it correctly," she said. "They should be in a rear-facing car seat at least until they are 2 years old. The longer they are rear-facing, the safer they are."
Fawcett said the car seat should be secure enough that it doesn't move from side to side. The harness should also fit snugly.
Once children outgrow their car seat, they can move to a booster seat and then a regular seat, but Fawcett said to make sure the child is ready.
"It's not really an age thing. It has more to do with their height and weight," she said. "Children can go from a car seat to a booster seat when they are about 40 pounds."
Fawcett also said it's important for kids to wear a bike helmet, whether they're going on a long ride or across the street to a friend's house.
"Kids need to wear helmets whenever they get on a bike, and it needs to fit correctly," she said. "The chin strap should fit snugly and the helmet shouldn't move easily from side to side. Head injuries are nothing to mess around with. They can be very serious, and parents should set an example by wearing a helmet themselves."
Fawcett said even if a child is wearing a helmet, they should be supervised and taught safety rules of the road.
Other tips include supervising children around hot water, campfires, playground equipment, swimming pools and other bodies of water including the bathtub, driveways, sporting events, medication, poisons, batteries, heavy furniture and trampolines.
"Everyone can make a difference by supporting and celebrating Safe Kids Day," Fawcett said. "And everyone can work together and learn how to best protect our kids."