Protecting Carolina Children from Deadly Everyday Risks

Children are exposed to many hazards and risks as they grow and develop into adulthood, and unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children and teenagers in the United States.
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Unintentional injuries, including burns, drowning, falls, poisoning and traffic accidents, are the top causes of injuries and fatalities among children in the U.S. Each and every year, there are more than 12,000 children who are killed and more than 9 million who wind up in emergency rooms because of these kinds of accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our Greenville child injury attorneys know it’s often up to parents and guardians to help protect our youngest of family members. There are small steps that we can all take to help to ensure that dangers don’t reach our children. Although we all like to think of our homes as sanctuaries of comfort and security, the typical American house harbors significant safety risks — vehicles included. So take a look at safety and help to protect everyone. It only takes a moment.

Burns:

Two children die every day from being burned. In addition, more than 300 children ages infant to 19 arrive in emergency departments to be treated for burns each and every day. Be careful when cooking. Stay near the stove, especially when frying. Use back burners. Roll up your sleeves (never cook with long, loose sleeves) and use oven mitts. Don’t let kids play near the stove or help you cook at the stove. Slide a lid over the flame to put out small stove fires. Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.

Drowning:

About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Florida loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their fifth birthday. Protect any doors leading to the pool area with an alarm. Add an underwater pool alarm that sounds when something hits the water. Make sure you can hear the alarm inside the house. No matter how good a swimmer you are, it is easy to misjudge the water or your skills. Weather and water conditions change quickly. Once you get tired or fall in, it may be too late to put on a life jacket. Life jackets are sold in stylish designs, and they aren’t as bulky as they used to be.

Falls:

Head injuries caused by falls from highchairs, beds, furniture, stairs, slippery floors, and play equipment are some of the most common that children experience. In 2010, unintentional falls resulted in nearly 3 million injuries requiring treatment in an emergency room. For babies, the biggest danger is rolling off the edge of a table, bed or sofa. Toddlers quickly learn how to climb and explore and it’s very easy for them to fall off a piece of furniture, down stairs or out of a window or balcony. Toss the throw rugs. Throw rugs are a big tripping hazard for young and old people. At the very least, tape or tack them to the floor.

Poisoning:

Every day, over 300 children in the United States ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned. Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the lid tightly after use. Never leave a child unattended with a bottle of medicine – take it, or the child, with you if you need to leave the room. Store all medicines, including all pain-relieving medication, cough and cold remedies, antidepressants, and diabetes and blood pressure medications in a locked cabinet. If you carry medicines in your handbag, ensure the bag is kept out of reach of children.

Traffic Accidents:

Every hour, nearly 150 children between ages 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants, and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years.

Keeping children safe is an important mission of the Lee Law Offices. If your child has been injured, call the Lee Law Offices today at: 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Child High Chair Injuries Are Up Nearly 25 Percent, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, December 23, 2013

North Carolina Child Injury: Common Threats Found at Home, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 6, 2013

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