RENO, NV - Each summer, kids and their families head to downtown Reno to enjoy the Truckee River.
There is no lifeguard--a fact Andrea Wiecking is very aware of--especially as she has her daughter there for the day.
“It's just, it's an unpredictable river. It's always flowing. You may not think it's that bad, but it can be. Just making sure I can see them,” says Wiecking.
It is the type of scene Safekids is talking about when it refers to its study concerning accidental deaths and emergency room visits of children.
The study says between May and August, there is an increase by 40% of childhood accidental deaths and emergency room visits.
Drowning, motor vehicle accidents, suffocation, poisoning, and falls are the most common.
Safekids says a change of routine can contribute to the problem.
Summer vacations or visits from relatives can put your children in situations that are new to them.
“Let's say family, grandma or grandpa comes to visit and they keep those medications in their purse. Mom and Dad don't do that at home but the kids get in it looking for a Tic Tac or Lifesaver and they get into something that would be very harmful,” says Melissa Krall with SafeKids Washoe County.
Safekids recommends being more diligent about your kids wearing a helmet when skateboarding or riding a bike.
Make sure when on vacation, take your own car seat, and double-check that it's secured.
Safekids estimates about 9,000 children die nationwide annually because of a combination of car accidents, drowning, poisoning, falls and suffocation.
Safekids also reports May was the worst month on record nationwide for deaths associated with leaving children in hot cars.