Summer Child Safety Overview
As summer rolls into fall, parents and caregivers should continue to be vigilant in protecting children against injuries in and out of the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides statistics and tips aimed at preventing injury and keeping kids safe and healthy in the summer months and beyond.
Falls- Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Many falls can be prevented; supervision by parents and caregivers can play a key role in protecting children.
Burns- Every day, 435 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries. Many of these injuries occur in the home. Educating kids on kitchen safety is a key way to prevent burn injuries in the home.
Boats- Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends; but boating accidents can have devastating consequences for children and adults alike. Wearing a life jacket can dramatically decrease the chances of drowning in a boating accident.
Drowning Prevention- Drowning is the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. Swimming lessons and supervision are the best ways to prevent children from drowning.
Drivers- Teen drivers are at an increased risk for being involved in an auto accident, especially one caused by distracted driving. Discuss the rules of the road with your teens, and work with them to eliminate distractions on the roadway.
Passengers– In 2008, about 4 children ages 14 or younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes every day. Ensuring that all children and teen passengers are properly retrained is the best way to keep them safe in the event of an accident.
Concussions- A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreational activity. Parents/caregivers should be able to identify the signs/symptoms of a concussion and know what to do if a concussion occurs.
Heat Safety- Heat-related illnesses can cause injuries and deaths during hot weather. Make sure children playing outdoors get plenty of fluids and shade-time, and never leave infants or children in a parked car– even if the windows are cracked open.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.