Every year, home dangers and accidents claim the lives of healthy children. In many cases, these accidents are preventable. One of the primary risks that children face in and around the home involves water. Water injuries and accidents can result in suffocation and brain damage, electrocution, and in the most severe cases, accidental death. Taking the time to safeguard your home and understand potential dangers can keep your children safe.
Whether you have moved into a new home or are interested in safeguarding your existing home, there are a number of ways you can prevent water-related injuries to children. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to keeping children safe at home and in the community. We will take a proactive approach to raise awareness to prevent injuries and to protect the children of North and South Carolina.
Every year, children fall victim to serious injuries and accidents involving pools and bodies of water in the home. Potential accident sites include bathtubs, baby baths, buckets and pails, chests of ice, coolers with ice or melted ice, hoses, hot tubs, whirlpools and spas, irrigation ditches, wells, pot holes, lakes, fish ponds, and garden fountains. Even a small body of water can create a serious hazard and risk for your children. It is important to identify the known water hazards in and around your home, lake house or other property.
Remember that children can drown in an inch or two of water. Small children should be kept near an adult and observed at all times when near a body of water. Small children have been known to drown in abandoned mop buckets and other small water containers that are seemingly harmless. To prevent these tragedies, you should empty all pails and bathtubs after each use. Never leave a full bucket of water or bathtub filled and unattended.
During parties with large coolers, bathtubs full of ice, and other ice containers, drinking and sun can cause distraction. Many parents may not consider the dangers of melted ice. Whether hosting or attending a party, you should empty any melted water out of these containers and keep children from playing in them.
Children should always kept out of the bathroom to prevent accidental drowning the toilet. You should tell your older children and guests to always close the door behind them. You can also invest in safety mechanisms to keep the door closed. Children bathing in the bathtub should never be left alone, even if they are in the bathtub with other children.
If you have a hot tub, you should make sure that it is fenced in the same as you would for a swimming pool. The temperature should never be above 120 degrees or you could risk scalding a child with burning water. When dealing with pools or hot tubs, you should also remember the danger of pumps and keep a close eye on children with they are in the pool, especially when swimming near the bottom.
All families should be prepared for an emergency and know CPR. In the event of a home emergency, acting quickly can minimize the long-term damage. If you child was involved in a water accident, you should also consult with an advocate who can identify any negligent individuals or entities.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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