At Alonso Krangle, LLP, We Want Your Children To Be Safe During The Winter
The winter season is upon us, and with it might come spending time with family, presents for the kids, and festive decorations inside and outside the house. We want the holidays to be special and the winter to be fun. For many, it is a season we look forward to all year long.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our personal injury lawyers want your winter to be filled with joy. For this reason, we want to remind you that safety is an important factor in the memories you will be making this year.
The unfortunate truth is that some of the most cherished aspects of the winter can cause injuries to children. Annually, thousands of children get treatment in emergency rooms for injuries that are related to defective or dangerous toys, broken or defective holiday decorations, fires, sports injuries, and burns. While these injuries can occur at any time during the year, the danger can increase during the winter months.
We want you and your families to be safe this season.
Here are some tips to help ensure your winter activities are happy and healthy.
- Consider the age and developmental skills of children when choosing toys for them to play with. If you engage in family games and activities, don’t forget that everyone might not be the same age. Plan accordingly.
- Be especially aware of toys and gifts with small pieces like buttons, batteries, or other little parts. Even if toys are age-appropriate, consider any small children in the home who can possibly choke on little pieces.
- Do not leave children alone in any room with lit candles, matches, lighters, space heaters, fireplaces, or any open flame.
- Avoid overloading outlets. With so many activities taking place indoors, use power strips with built-in circuit breakers. Keep electrical cords and hanging cords out of the way to avoid trip and fall accidents and asphyxiation/hanging injuries. Use outlet safety covers.
- Do not leave children unattended with glasses or open bottles of alcohol. Clean up drinks quickly. Even small amounts of alcohol can severely harm a small child.
- Make sure your holiday decorations are put away and are out of reach of young children. The Mayo Clinic reminds parents that “Any object small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube can obstruct the airway of a child.” Keep this in mind at all times.
- Keep poisonous plants out of reach from children and pets. Don’t keep mistletoe, poinsettias, and holly berries around after the holidays.
- Make sure your children are dressed for the weather if you are going out to play. Cover your kids’ hands, feet, and head. If you are going sledding, ice-skating, snowboarding, or skiing, make sure everyone wears proper safety gear like helmets.
- Never leave children unattended in the kitchen.
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, it is our sincere hope that you and your children remain safe and injury-free this holiday season and always. But, as we all know, accidents can happen.
If you or someone you love is injured this holiday season, call our experienced New York personal injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. You can reach our child injury lawyers at 516-350-5555 or 800-403-6191.