Virginia Gardens burn injuries are a leading cause of serious Virginia Gardens injuries to young children under the age of five. Pediatricians and other experts note that in many cases these injuries are very preventable, and it is important to take all precautions against these types of injuries. Since young children have thinner skin than adults, they can sustain burn injuries in shorter amounts of time and with lower temperatures than adults. Young children who sustain serious burn injuries may also face a lifetime of scarring and other medical problems. According to pediatricians and other experts, there are many ways to help prevent childhood burn injuries:
1) Use extra vigilance with gasoline, lighters, cooking fats, matches, vapor, and hot liquids. Keep these well away from children.
2) Be cautious about hot water. Lower the temperature on the home’s water heater so that it never gets scalding or hot enough to burn.
3) Install smoke alarms and check batteries regularly.
4) Teach children about the dangers of burn injuries early. Children should know that lighters and matches are not toys and should be taught to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing ever catches fire. Practice the family fire drill and the stop, drop, and roll technique regularly so that children are well aware of these safety ideas.
5) Do not burn candles in the home if there are small children around. Candles are very interesting for young children and can cause devastating burn injuries.
6) When bathing a child, turn on the cold water first and slowly add hot water as needed.
7) Be cautious about heating systems. Vents, portable heaters, radiators, and baseboard heaters can all produce enough heat to seriously harm a child. Some heating systems, such as under-floor heating, naturally produce less heat. Another option is to buy barriers to keep children away from heaters.
8 ) When cooking, make sure that pot handles are turned to the center of the stove. When serving meals, make sure that there are no pot handles or plate edges near the edge of the table, where children can grab them. Avoid using tablecloths, as these can easily be pulled by a small child, pushing hot food off the table.
9) When drinking a hot beverage or food, avoid holding a child. A hot coffee can easily spill and cause a serious burn injury.
10) Take a defensive driving class. Virginia Gardens car accidents and traffic accidents are a common cause of serious burn injuries – not to mention a host of other serious Virginia Gardens personal injury claims. Improving driving skills and avoiding distracted driving can help prevent a Virginia Gardens traffic accident that can lead to these types of serious injuries.
If you or a loved one have sustained a serious Virginia Gardens burn injury, it is important to consult with a qualified Virginia Gardens attorney. In many cases, if the injury has been caused by someone’s recklessness or negligence, Florida law allows you to pursue a legal claim which allows you to seek compensation that can help you pay for the high cost of medical care, lost income, and other expenses arising from a serious injury.
Contact the Flaxman Law Group today to discuss your case with a caring and experienced Virginia Gardens burn injury attorney today. The Flaxman Law Group is a full-service law firm with decades of experience in helping South Florida personal injury victims. Contact the firm today to arrange a free, no obligation consultation to review your case.