Program teaches Baltimore youth how to be safe

BALTIMORE - Children on a school playground could easily make you think of recess.

But this isn't recess.

It's in fact a classroom.

It’s "National Safe Kids Day" and the University of Maryland Children's Hospital and its partners sent a team to Federal Hill Prep Elementary School to teach kids how to be safe in the environment they live and play in.

"Safe Kids Baltimore is dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injuries for children,” said Karen Hardinghan of Safe Kids Baltimore. “Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 1 and 14.”

With the closing of the school year approaching the trauma season is also on the horizon. It's that time of year where children’s activities are geared toward the outdoors and this comes with its own set of dangers.

The students are taught seat belt safety, along with pedestrian rules and to not be distracted. They are also taught sports safety and how to wear helmets and fire safety.

"Teaching them how to test their smoke alarms how to make sure that they have working smoke alarms in the house and on every level so they'll know that when they hear that sound that means there's a problem, there's a fire there's some kind of emergency in the house," said fire inspector Kevin Williams of the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Children also saw how trauma injuries can complicate their young lives

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