Each year, the week of September 1-7 is reserved for National Childhood Injury Prevention Week. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the preventable injuries that kill nearly 1 million children worldwide each year. Children of all ages suffer from preventable injuries that come from serious falls to driveway and bike accidents to many other accidental, yet preventable situations. No matter how safe you keep your children’s environment, you can never anticipate every spill, trip, or outside influence. But, with some safety tips, these kinds of injuries can be prevented.
Children accidentally fall all the time, and usually the results are only minor bumps or bruises. However, more than 2.5 million children visited the emergency room in 2013 as a result of an unintentional fall injury. To avoid fall injuries, it is important to keep children from climbing on furniture or around windows, and take precautionary measures to secure your household against these accidents. Unsecured stairs are a common cause of unintentional falls, so make sure that safety gates are installed at the top and bottom of staircases. This will prevent both climbing and falling. Also, be on the lookout for other fall hazards in your home such as unsecured windows, and unsecured furniture. Visit http://www.safekids.org/falls for more tips on safeguarding your home from unintentional falls.
Cars can also cause serious preventable injuries and even death. Drivers might not be aware of small children around their vehicles, and small children can be difficult to see in vehicle mirrors. Sadly, these situations send nearly 9,000 children to emergency rooms each year. The best way to avoid these kinds of accidents is to walk around your parked vehicle to make sure there are no children behind or around your vehicle.
Household cleaning products can be another cause of preventable injuries, as many cleaning products can give off harmful fumes that are dangerous to children. To avoid putting children in danger of harmful fumes, only use serious cleaning products when necessary, and always make sure the area is well ventilated.
These are just a few of the preventable injuries suffered by children each year. For more safety tips for other preventable childhood injuries, visit: http://www.safekids.org/safetytips.
About the Author: Sandy Gregor is a trial attorney with 15 years of courtroom experience. She was listed as a "Rising Star" by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine for 3 years and is a member of the Virginia Womens Attorney Association. Sandy's practice includes car accident litigation, wrongful death litigation, and premises liability.