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Study shows home is most dangerous place for children
居家環境反成兒童最危險地方

Children dance on stage during an event held by Ching-chuan Children’s Safety Association in New Taipei City on May 15 last year.
小朋友去年五月十五日,在靖娟兒童安全文教基金會於新北市舉辦的宣導活動跳舞。

Photo: Tsai Wei-chi, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡偉祺

Ching-chuan Children’s Safety Association has released the results of a vote rating the 10 biggest news stories related to children’s safety last year, with the majority of them being about traffic-related accidents. The home environment, however, was found to be the most dangerous place for children, and the association reminds parents not to be so negligent.

According to the association’s statistics, among the 192 types of injuries collected last year, 51 children under the age of 12 died, and 336 received minor to severe injuries. When looking into the causes of these accidents, it was discovered that negligence and unsafe surroundings were the main culprits, which included carrying children in vehicles that did not pass inspection, not using a child car seat, and parts of the home environment luring children into falling downstairs.

The association also invited 84 academics and experts to analyze news about child safety during 2011, and took a survey selecting the top 10 news stories about accidents children had, requiring more vigilance on the part of parents. A story about a boy drowning because the mother left her older daughter alone in the bath with her young son for 10 minutes was at the top of the list. A 23-day-old infant killed by a deployed airbag while being held in the front seat of a car came in second.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)

靖娟兒童安全文教基金會公布去年「兒童安全十大新聞」票選結果,以交通安全事故則數居冠,生活中最危險的地方則指向居家環境,提醒家長不可大意。

靖娟基金會統計,去年一九二則兒童事故傷害新聞,共有五十一名十二歲以下兒童死亡、三三六名兒童輕重傷,探究事故原因,以人為疏失及環境不安全造成兒童身陷危險為主要原因,其中包括使用不合格車輛載運兒童、未使用安全座椅、居家環境配置誘使兒童墜樓等。

靖娟基金會另外邀請八十四位學者專家,針對二○一一年兒童安全新聞進行分析,票選出去年十則最需要再次被警醒的兒童事故新聞,其中「姊弟在浴缸洗澡,媽媽出去十分鐘造成弟弟溺斃」的新聞,名列十大新聞榜首;其次為「二十三天嬰兒抱前座,車禍氣囊爆奪命」。

(自由時報記者邱紹雯)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. negligent adj.

大意的 (da4 yi4 de5)

例: Dorothy was negligent enough to leave her baby at the grocery store.

(桃樂西大意到將其嬰兒忘在雜貨店。)

2. analyze v.

分析 (fen1 xi1)

例: As a researcher, you must constantly analyze and compare various sets of data.

(身為研究者必須不斷地分析與比較各種資料。)

3. vigilance n.

警醒 (jing2 xing3)

例: Vigilance is required when operating a motor vehicle.

(駕駛汽車時需要保持警醒。)


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