As parents as well as attorneys, we are constantly reminded of the importance of being proactive in your children’s safety. Oftentimes the most dangerous items to a child are those within your own home. To prevent serious injuries, try some of these tips:
• If you have a child that rides in a booster or child car seat, bring it to an inspection center near you to ensure it is properly installed. Over 80% of car seats are improperly installed (Safe Kids USA 2009).
• If you own a pool or hot tub, install a fence or safety cover. Pool alarms can also help by emitting loud noises when the water is disturbed. Installing alarms on the doors and gates leading to the pool area can prevent a child from getting close to the area in the first place. All toys or other items that may be of interest to a child should be removed from the area.
• Create a fire escape and practice it periodically so your family knows the procedures. Also check all fire safety equipment to make sure nothing is expired, broken, or has dead batteries.
• Be conscious while you cook in the kitchen to keep all pot handles to the back of the stove, and try to use the back burners to keep the heat out of children’s reach.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a household accident that may be the fault of a negligent homeowner, you may deserve compensation. Call us today at Breyer Law for a free, no obligations consultation at (602) 267-1280.