Governor Schwarzenegger Proclaims October "Childhood Injury Prevention Month"

Each year in California, more than 2,500 children die from unintentional injuries. Accidental injuries cause more childhood deaths than all diseases combined. Many unintentional injury deaths could be prevented, and reducing avoidable injuries would prevent heartbreaking tragedies for families across the state. By changing individual and community-wide behaviors, we can do much to better safeguard children from harm. Defending the safety and well-being of children is a vital responsibility for every Californian. This October, government agencies and child advocacy groups will help raise awareness about childhood hazards by providing fingerprinting, earthquake safety guidelines, booster seat testing and information on ways families can enjoy a safe and healthy Halloween. NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim October 2004, as "Childhood Injury Prevention Month." IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have here unto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this the fifth day of October 2004. /s/ Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of California