Now that it’s been some time since the holidays, many children have a whole new set of favorite toys they have been playing with for weeks. If you’re a parent, of course you want to make sure your child’s toys continue to be safe. While you may have checked the toys your child got over the holidays, here are some additional steps you might want to take now to prevent childhood injury:
At this time of year, many parents are considering Halloween costumes and getting ready for Halloween season. While in the past parents were worried about tainted candy, today we realize that dangers at Halloween can come from many sources—including pedestrian accidents and even the costumes themselves.
Whether you’re create a home-made costume or buying one from a store, start with these safety tips:
For many parents, bunk beds are a fact of childhood. They’re often used at camps and at colleges and boarding schools. They can also be a great option for children’s rooms, especially if kids share a room with their siblings or want an extra sleep space for sleepovers.
While bunk beds can be space-effective, a study has found that they have been linked to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment. Between 2006 and 2015, in fact, there were 639,700 bunk bed injuries across the country requiring emergency room treatment. These injuries included:
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it is also a common site of home injuries. Preparing and serving food can put you at risk of cuts, falls, and burns in your Hollywood home. In addition, the appliances we use everyday can pose a serious hazard. If they are manufactured negligently, they can overheat and cause fires or other damage.
At this time of year, many Hollywood residents are recommitting to their health by investing in their fitness goals. Gym memberships as well as sales of health supplements and exercise equipment are usually pretty robust during the first few weeks of the year.
When you buy products intended to improve your health—whether they are gadgets or supplements—you expect them to enhance your wellness, not hurt you. Unfortunately, not all products designed to make you healthier are safe and tested. Some are sold with little or no oversight and some are made by negligent manufacturers who create unsafe products.
Inflatable bounce houses, also known as bouncy castles, are very popular at outdoor festivals and events. They can also be rented for private parties and are often featured at birthday events at home. The companies that offer these rentals or who set up bouncy castles at events have a duty of care to make sure children stay safe.
Unfortunately, while colorful and fun, inflatable bounce houses do pose a hazard and there has been an increase in the number of Cooper City childhood injuries and U.S. injuries from these attractions.
Now that the holidays are over, many children are spending time with the new toys and games they have gotten as gifts over the last few weeks. It’s a joyous time, but unfortunately not every toy which is available for sale today is safe and parents need to continue to be vigilant about toy safety in their Hollywood homes.
Unsafe toys cause injuries to children in Hollywood each year. Sharp edges can cause lacerations while small parts can pose a choking hazard. Any toys with long strings can be an asphyxiation danger and some toys over the past few years have posed a burn, electrocution, or toxic substance hazard.
If you have children in your life, there are several things you can do to keep them safe:
At this time of year, many Hollywood and Florida residents are checking off the final items on their holiday lists. If you have any children on your list, however, it’s important to keep in mind that unsafe toys can and do cause serious injury each year. Just because something is available online or in stores, it does not ensure it is safe.
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has released a list of top unsafe toys in 2021 and this is a good list to start with to ensure you are not purchasing unsafe products. There are also other ways to help avoid childhood injury in Hollywood related to unsafe toys:
In Weston and across South Florida, many children are looking forward to Halloween this year. The holiday often means dressing up in costumes for parties, school events, and trick-or-treating, but while this should be a fun experience, unsafe costumes can have tragic consequences.
Each year, children are at serious risk of injury because of their Halloween costumes, which can cause tripping hazards, contribute to pedestrian accidents, or can pose choking dangers. Before Halloween, make sure you check your children’s costumes for safety, whether you’re using store-bought costumes or home-made.