Warmer weather and time off from school can mean an increase in serious accidents for children, but Shriners Hospitals for Children is trying to change that with the help of Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and David Ragan. A nationwide program encourages kids to be Superheroes of Summer Safety and to #EarnYourCape by following tips to reduce the risk of injuries during the summer months.
FRM and Ragan will do their part to spread the message by entering a Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Fusion this summer into two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races. Today, Ragan, Shriners Hospitals for Children and students of the Harrisburg Elementary School in Harrisburg, N.C., unveiled the livery of the No. 38 Ford that Ragan will race at Michigan International Speedway on June 18 and Sonoma Raceway on June 25.
Ragan will also visit various Shriners Hospitals during the summer to speak to children about how to stay safe and avoid swimming-related incidents, playground accidents, campfire and fire pit burns and more common and potentially life-altering childhood injuries that can occur during this time of year.
"As a father and Shriner, I know that within seconds a fun-filled day can take a turn when an unexpected accident occurs," said Ragan. "Shriners Hospitals for Children and I want to provide families with simple ways to reduce the risk of childhood injuries so that kids can enjoy a safe summer. We're proud to carry the colors of Shriners Hospitals on our No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusion as a reminder for our children to play safe."
"It is great to see our relationship with David build over the years," said Chris Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "David has been a loyal friend of the hospitals and we could not be prouder to have him as an ambassador for our hospitals. With David and Front Row Motorpsorts' support of the Superheroes of Summer Safety campaign we are able to help all children enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. This is just another way we send Love to the rescue."
As leaders in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children, regardless of the families' ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children urges parents and caregivers to remind kids of these simple precautions to keep them injury-free this summer:
• At the playground, slide feet first and swing sitting down
• Keep children inside when lawn mowers are in use
• Keep several feet away from fire pits, campfires or grills
• Only swim with an adult present and wear a lifejacket on open water
• Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen
Become a Superhero of Summer Safety and #EarnYourCape so you can enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. For engaging activity books for children, additional safety tips and flyers, or for information on treatments available at Shriners Hospitals, visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/safesummer.
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