From the day you become a parent, you want your child to have a wonderful life – filled with joy and happiness.
You are completely focused on protecting him or her from misfortune, which is why you have invested in a safe car and an age-appropriate car seat. This will definitely help protect your child from harm, but as a parent, you should be aware about other dangers and how to prevent them as well.
Accidents are the leading cause of serious injuries and death in children – more than cancer, disease and birth defects combined.
The most common of these accidents include falls, auto accidents, and choking – most are preventable. As a parent, it is important to know how to protect your children before accidents happen.
The following are common safety measures that can be taken to prevent accidents:
- Using child safety seats, seat belts and car restraint systems properly
- Never leave your child alone near water, playgrounds and other dangerous equipment
- Install fences and safety gates, especially around swimming pools
- Secure windows and doors
- Always provide proper supervision
- Keep small objects and plastic bags out of reach
- Install smoke detectors and keep fire extinguishers close by
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, until a child reaches the age of two or a weight of 20 pounds, he or she should be secured in a rear-facing car seat. After that, your child can use a front-facing car seat and then, when your child is around 65 pounds, switch to a booster seat.
Additionally, did you know that up to 80 percent of child car seats are not properly installed? Do you know how to properly use a seat belt?
If your child has been injured in a car accident as a result of poor safety precautions, it is essential to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. At the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck we advocate and defend the rights of injured children.
If you have any questions, talk with us and make sure you know your rights, including what to do if an accident happens.