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South Carolina Kid Safety Tips: Prevent Accidents
Summer is a favorite time of the year for everyone, especially for kids. Summer is the one time of year that children can play all day without the worries of homework and science projects. Unfortunately, with children spending much of their free time outdoors, the occurrence of accidental injuries greatly increases during summer months. Many of these injuries can be avoided by taking simple safety precautions.
The following are safety tips for South Carolina children: Vehicle Safety: Always make sure car seats are properly installed and that children are properly secured in their car seats. It is estimated that at least 73 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among kids in the U.S. Heat Stroke: Never leave your child in a vehicle unattended. On average, 33 children die every summer due to heat stroke caused by being left in an unattended vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents: There is a 16 percent spike in child pedestrian deaths this time of year. Ten percent of pedestrian injuries occur in a driveway, so teach kids not to walk behind a vehicle that is running and be extra alert when backing up.
Falls: Falls bring nearly 8,000 kids to the ER a day. One easy way to prevent trips and falls is to trade the flip-flops and Crocs for sneakers. The majority of fall related injuries occur when children are unsupervised, so the best way to prevent an accidental injury is to keep an eye on the little ones. Bike Safety: Bike accidents cause 267,000 child injuries every year. The best prevention is to ensure that your child is wearing a helmet that is properly secured. All helmets should meet the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Look for a CPSC sticker inside the helmet. Burns: While fireworks, barbecues and campfires can be a lot of fun, children can easily become victims of serious burn injuries caused by these activities. Most burn injuries occur after the fire has gone out. Always closely monitor your children around fires and hot areas, even if the flame has already died out. Remind kids that although the red and white coals may be pretty, they are dangerous.
Summer should be a relaxing and fun-filled time. We are lucky enough to have the warm, sunny weather and beautiful beaches close by. So make your summer in the sun is a safe one by keeping a close eye on the little ones, and ensuring all of their protective equipment is working properly... and that they are wearing it!
Shelly M. Leeke is a Charleston personal injury attorney and the founder of Shelly Leeke Law Firm. With nearly a decade of providing the utmost legal representation to clients, she continues her success representing accident victims accross the state of South Carolina. Shelly Leeke is dedicated to taking an innovative and individualized approach toward representing accident victims. She has devoted the law firm's practice to personal injury cases such as: car accidents, work injuries, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and dog bite attacks.
Shelly Leeke Law Firm has convenient office locations is Goose Creek and Mt. Pleasant. With offices convenient to the surrounding areas of Charleston, the firm provides access to accident victims wherever they live. If you do not have access to come to one of our office, YES, we can provide a home, hospital or work visit. We will make sure that you have access to our law firm.
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