Warm weather is here, and it is time for children to enjoy the outdoors.
Although most parents and children look forward to summer weather, this time of year presents new dangers for children.
Fortunately, we can protect our children if parents plan ahead of time and follow some basic safety tips.
Here are a few steps we can take to keep our children safe outdoors this summer:
- Water Safety: Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States. On average, ten people die per day due to unintentional drowning. These incidents are preventable if pool owners, parents and swimmers follow proper safety protocol. Always supervise children when in or around water.
- Sun Exposure: Serious sunburns can increase your child’s chance of having skin cancer later in life. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing and eyewear and seek shade when possible.
- In and Around Vehicles: Most parents are aware of keeping their children safe inside a vehicle with an approved safety seat or seatbelt. But what most parents do not know, is the surprising list of dangers that can also occur inside the car. Never leave a child in a vehicle unattended. Heatstroke is real and has killed nearly 900 children since 1998 according to the NHTSA. Make it a habit to check your entire vehicle before locking the door and walking away.
- Playgrounds: When temperatures do rise, all playground equipment will become hot. It is important as a parent to use caution when heading to playgrounds during this weather. Make sure playground equipment is at an appropriate temperature before allowing children to use it. Teach your children to always wear shoes while at parks to avoid burning their feet on hot surfaces.
- Boating: In most states, children are required to wear a life jacket while on a boat. The operator of the boat is responsible for all passengers. A driver should never drink and drive and should make sure the boat meets all safety standards.
Whether you are at home or out with your child, supervision is most important. An injury can happen at any time and anywhere.
Recovering compensation after an accident
If your child was injured due to another person’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim. It is important to make sure your child’s injuries get attended to. A personal injury claim can help alleviate medical bills and provide financial compensation for their present and future needs. Contact the attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation.
Source: CDC, “Keep Kids Safe This Summer”