Heat Stroke in Cars is a Year-Round Danger For Children

Summer is here and so is the warm weather. That means everyone should be on the lookout for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. And while most people know to hydrate and keep cool, there are some circumstances where heat stroke can occur unexpectedly. Heat stroke can be more dangerous to children than parents might expect. This is because heat stroke not only causes uncomfortable symptoms, such as nausea, headache, dizziness, and fainting–it can also be fatal. Heat Stroke and Cars Since 1998, over 800 children have died from heat stroke in vehicles, according to NoHeatStroke.org. This problem has persisted over…

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Fisher-Price Recalls Popular Inclined Infant Crib After Series of Deaths: Crib Never Properly Tested for Safety

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, developed as an alternative to cribs, elevates the baby’s head to a 30 degree inclined position. The intended use is for infants to lie on their backs on the padded frame as if it were a recliner. The design of the sleeper was inspired by incorrect assumptions about infant sleep that overlooked updated safety guidelines. Concerns were raised after a recent Consumer Reports study linked the crib to infant deaths. The news of this study was followed by a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics calling for the recall of the crib. After…

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The Surprising Physical Dangers of Parenting

Few experiences match the highs and lows of parenting, which can simultaneously deliver unthinkable joy and unthinkable exhaustion. Unfortunately, that exhaustion can have a detrimental impact on our physical and mental health, as can other parenting concerns. Below, we outline a few of the most significant physical dangers today’s parents face: Sleep Deprivation By far the greatest hazard of parenting during the first few months, sleep deprivation has a discernible physical and mental impact on drowsy parents. Those who struggle to rest may be more prone to problematic behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding or failing to come to…

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The Surprising Hazards of Scooters

Kids’ toys frequently make headlines because of recalls, faulty parts and choking hazards. There’s something terrifying about the idea that the things we buy for our little ones might harm them in an unforeseen way. This fear is not without merit. Manufacturers, for instance, are not always dogged when it comes to quality control. But choke-y components and unexpectedly sharp pieces aren’t the only scares. In fact, an innocuous-seeming item—the classic children’s scooter—causes a shocking amount of damage. Scooter Injury Statistics The kick scooter surged in popularity around 2000, thanks in large part to marketing efforts from a key manufacturer,…

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50 Million Blinds Recalled Due To Strangulation Danger | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than 50 million Roman-style blinds and roll up blinds due to the risk of strangulation. About five million Roman shades and about three million roll-up blinds are sold each year. According to the recall notice, “Consumers that have Roman or roll-up shades in their homes should contact the WCSC immediately at www.windowcoverings.org or by calling (800) 506-4636 anytime to receive a free repair kit.  To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, CPSC and the WCSC urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines: Examine all shades and blinds in the home….

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Lead Poisoning In Children: A Few Facts | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

As the holidays draw closer, there are news stories and articles about unsafe toys which raise potential risks for lead poisoning for our community’s children. Of all the safety hazards for young children, this is one of the most preventable kinds. Tragically, almost 1 million children in the United States have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Below, I have summarized points from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding lead screening for children.  Click here for the entire fact sheet. How can children be exposed to too much lead? Children less than 6, can be exposed if they get…

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Too Many Children Needlessly Killed in Car Crashes | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire The leading cause of death among children in America is automobile collisions.  “1,335 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 184,000 were injured,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That’s four deaths every single day.  Many of these deaths, however, are preventable. “Placing children in age– and size–appropriate car and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half,” claims CDC, relying on data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Here’s what is recommended: Children ages 12 and younger should…

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Playground Safety Tips for Summer 2009 | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Over 200,000 children each year end up in emergency rooms as a result of injuries from playground equipment. Of those children, 15 die.  Let’s take a few minutes to think about the safety of the playground equipment in our community to make sure all of our children can play safely this summer.  The National Safety Council has a playground fact sheet that provides easy to follow tips for a safer summer: Top 10 Checklist for Playground Safety Surfaces around playground equipment should be filled with at least 12 inches of loose fill, such as…

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