Keeping Kids Safe in Summer
Summer is nearly everyone’s favorite time of the year. It can also be the most dangerous. As the weather warms and children finish school, people of all ages become more active and enjoy the activities offered by summer like swimming, biking and family road trips. Being aware of the potential dangers of certain summertime activities can help keep you and your loved ones safe while you enjoy the California sunshine.
According to the CDC, the majority of accidental child drownings occur in residential swimming pools. Proper supervision of children playing in or around pools is the only way to ensure their safety. Any pool constructed after January 1, 2007 is required by the Swimming Pool Safety Act to comply with at least one of several safety measures that include constructing barriers, installing alarms and using approved pool safety covers. In the event of an accident every second counts and a knowledge of CPR techniques can be the difference between life and death.
With warm weather comes more drivers on the road, and more accidents. Increased temperatures can dangerously raise the pressure in your tires and lead to a blow out. By manually testing your tire pressure during the summer you can avoid being one of 11,000 yearly victims of tire failure. Keeping an eye on your coolant can help prevent your car from overheating.
Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in automobile accidents during the Summer than during any other season. If you have a teen driver in your household, talk with them about the dangers of texting while driving , driving under the influence and being distracted by friends in their car. The National Safety Council has reported that the chance of a fatal car accident involving teen drivers increases by 44% when they have a passenger in their car.
American emergency rooms treat nearly 200,000 children every year for playground related injuries with nearly half of those including broken bones, concussions, dislocations or internal injuries. Children tend to be more active during summer and less risk averse so it’s important that they are properly supervised and that the playground equipment is well maintained. If faulty playground equipment results in a personal injury both the owner of the equipment and possibly the manufacturer may be held liable.
If you have a child that was injured from defective or improperly maintained playground equipment we can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to. Call today to schedule a free consultation 1 800 400 8472.