The summer is here, and school is out. Time for your kids to get outside, run around, and enjoy fun in the sun. But remember, when you send them off to summer camp, the pool, or the local playground, their risk of getting injured increases.
This doesn’t mean that you should keep your kids locked up or put them in a bubble. That’s not good for you or them! But it does mean that you should be aware of common summer injuries so that you can prepare for them and prevent them.
Bicycle, Skateboard, or ATV Injuries: There are many fun ways to get around the neighborhood in the summer. But falling off a bicycle or crashing into a tree can cause a wide variety of injuries, from scraped knees to traumatic brain damage.
How to Keep Your Child Safe: If your child is using a bicycle, skateboard, or motorized vehicle, take proper precautions. Teach your child how to ride early, so they feel comfortable riding with friends or at summer camp. Do not let your child or their friends cruise without a helmet and other safety gear (elbow pads, knee pads, and so on). Make sure your children are wearing shoes while riding a bicycle so their toes do not get caught in the gears or wheels. Explain that they can’t assume cars on the road see them or are paying attention. Instruct them on the proper “rules of the road,” especially for bicyclists.
Slip and Falls: Slip and fall injuries can occur in many different places during the summer, including:
How to Keep Your Child Safe: Every summer, check to make sure the playground equipment in your backyard is safe for children to use. Let your children know when it’s dangerous to run. Keep windows shut when you are not around to supervise your children.
Burns: Sunburns frequently affect children during the summer, but there is also a higher risk for other types of burns. If your child plays with the following, he or she might receive a nasty burn:
How to Keep Your Child Safe: Do not let your children play with fireworks or man the grill. Keep a strict watch on your children during holiday barbecues or picnics and prevent them from getting too close to equipment that is too hot.
Drowning: One of the most exciting parts of the summer is jumping in the pool or heading to the beach. But for kids who can’t swim or get caught in dangerous waters such as rip tides, swimming can be one of the most dangerous parts of summer.
How to Keep Your Child Safe: Even if you do not know how to swim, enroll your child in swimming classes at the local pool or community center. Teach your children to recognize dangerous currents in the ocean if you live near the shore or plan to visit. And always ask a lifeguard about the safest areas and times for children to swim. Your pool, under Florida law, must have a safety gate around its perimeter. These gates are often left open or unlocked which only invites disaster.
Amusement Parks / Theme Parks / Fairs: Many summer vacation involve travel to some of Florida’s amusement parks and other attractions. These businesses have a heightened responsibility to be on the lookout for defective conditions that could result in the injury to their customers and invitees. Rides malfunction and theme park premises may be poorly maintained.
How to Keep Your Child Safe: There is no substitute for parental supervision, keep an eye on your children, even in a professionally-ran theme park.
Seek Legal Help
Unfortunately, you can’t control every environment your child enters. Accidents may happen – sometimes no one is to blame, even if its not your child’s fault. But sometimes, especially when children are not properly supervised, or if there is a dangerous condition that a business fails to notice and correct, another party may be held responsible. If your child has suffered an injury due to the negligence of a summer camp, pool, community center, playground, theme park and so on, you may be entitled to compensation. Call a personal injury lawyer at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA for a free consultation today.