Tips for Keeping Little Ones Safe
September has been designated as National Baby Safety Month, which consumer safety advocate and product manufacturers promote as a means of relaying important information to parents. Babies and small children are extremely susceptible to accidents, which can result in potentially serious personal injuries. The following are steps you can take to keep your little ones safe.
Protecting Small Children Against Dangerous and Defective Products
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional, accidental injuries land close to 10 million children in hospital emergency rooms each year. Due to their small size, babies in particular are vulnerable to accidents which can result in disabling and even life threatening personal injuries. One of the biggest threats they face is from dangerous or defective products.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is the sponsor of National Baby Safety Month. They urge parents, retailers, child care providers, and medical professionals to be aware of product safety and how even otherwise innocent items can endanger children. They recommend the following tips for parents to follow:
- Choose toys, baby equipment, furniture, and other products that are age and developmentally appropriate for your child.
- Read all instructions regarding warning labels and follow directions for use.
- Register baby products, so you have a clear path for communicating with the product manufacturer.
- Always supervise your baby when playing with toys or when using mobile equipment, such as walkers or strollers.
- Clean and disinfect baby products regularly, checking for broken or missing parts.
Parents should also be familiar with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall list. Check list regularly, as it often lists baby items commonly found in nurseries.
Protecting Your Baby Against Car Accidents
Car accidents are another common cause of childhood injuries. National Baby Safety Month is a good time to review warnings regarding child safety seats. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) advises that the law holds parents accountable for properly restraining small children and those under the age of 18.
Anyone under the age of 12 should be riding in the backseat of the vehicle. Children that are infants or under the age of three must be in a car seat that is federally approved and crash tested, designed specifically for infants.
Babies should always be placed rear in the vehicle and a car seat should be used for even small trips. Only deal with reputable manufacturers and carefully review the car seat instruction manual to ensure you are installing your car seat correctly. If you have any doubts, your local fire house or police station can provide guidance on proper car seat installation and use.
Contact Us Today for Help
Baby product manufacturers can be held liable when accidents occur. If you have concerns about your child’s safety or they have been injured in an accident, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III is here to help. Call or contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney online today and request a consultation to discuss your case.