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Keeping Children and Teens Safe This Summer and Free From Injury

For children, summer means freedom and fun, but for parents, summer can be a time of worry and concern as children head out of the home to take part in a range of activities. Parents have a reason to worry: each summer Miami personal injuries cause serious injury and even fatalities to teens and children across the city. Luckily, there are several things you can do to help prevent this:

1) Walk through your home. Take a walk through your home, with a critical eye for any possible dangers. Are all dangerous chemicals stowed safely and locked? Are sharp tools safely stowed? Are outdoor play areas clean and checked for safety? If you notice any potential hazards, tidy them up now, before the children are home for the holidays.

2) Get your children involved in fire safety at your home. Getting children serious about fire safety is important in teaching them the skills they need to help avoid Miami burn injuries. Check your fire alarms and practice your fire escape route with the whole family. Many fire departments have activity books and other educations resources that help teach children about fire safety. These are good tools for teaching your children safety rules while ensuring that your kids stay entertained.

3) Check your child’s summer activities. If your children will be playing sports, do they have the sports equipment and safety equipment to help prevent Miami brain injuries and other common sports injuries? If your children will be spending lots of time on their bicycles, do they have a good, proper-fitting helmet? Review your children’s plans for the summer and determine whether your family has everything in place to make summer both fun and safe.

4) Have a talk with your new teen driver. If you have a new driver in your home, your teen is likely excited about their first summer as a licensed driver. Before they drive off on adventures, however, you may wish to set some ground rules. Some studies have shown that teens with little driving experience have a higher accident rate than more experienced drivers. Multiple passengers and distracted driving can also increase the risk for your teen driver. Set some ground rules for safe driving to ensure that your teen has a low risk of being in a Miami car accident. Also consider signing up your teen for additional driver training or defensive driving courses so he or she can hone their driving skills during the summer.

5) Consider who will be supervising your children this summer. Whether you are relying on caregivers, camp, or others to keep your children entertained, check the references and safety record of anyone who will be responsible for your children this summer.

6) Take steps to prevent Miami pool injuries. If you have a pool, check the safety of your pool at the same time as you clean your pool to get it ready for summer. Ensure that your pool has a self-locking gate and a full isolation fence that prevents anyone from wandering into the pool area. If your pool does not already have one, consider an alarm that will alert you if anyone wanders into the pool area.

If your child is injured due to someone’s negligence or recklessness, it can not only ruin their summer but can threaten their future as well. A serious injury can affect the following school year and can result in permanent injury. If your child has suffered a serious injury due to someone’s negligence or recklessness, contact the Flaxman Law Group today to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case.