Childhood Injuries That Occur over the Holiday Season
Children are always at a risk for injuries, but this can be compounded by inattentiveness when you’re busy with holiday festivities. Always keep your children under close supervision and keep potentially dangerous items out of their reach to help keep them safe. If your child is hurt during the holiday season due to the negligence or actions of another, seek a personal injury attorney to look after your child’s welfare. Check out these New Orleans personal injury prevention tips:
Types of Injuries:
- Family get-togethers at Thanksgiving often mean big meals that require extra activity in the kitchen. This could increase the risk of your children burning or scalding themselves on hot stoves or pans. Always keep hot pot and pan handles out of reach and never leave cooking food unattended, especially when kids are trying to help. Also, watch children around lit candles, fireplaces and other open flames
- With extra cooks in the kitchen and/or various foods brought over by friends and relatives, food poisoning can be a heightened risk at Thanksgiving. Food poisoning in children could result in serious conditions like kidney failure. Always ensure raw meats are handled properly and all food items are stored and reheated appropriately.
- Besides food poisoning, accidental ingestion of poisonous substances could occur, especially when adults are distracted by guests. Each year, children visit to emergency rooms due to accidental poisoning, with children aged 1 to 4 most at risk, says the CDC. Keep all poisonous substances out of reach or locked up.
Slip & Falls
- While it doesn’t snow often in New Orleans, families traveling for Thanksgiving may venture into areas that get snow and ice. Children eager to play outdoors in slippery conditions could fall. If you plan on taking advantage of holiday sales over Thanksgiving, overcrowded stores could also present opportunities for injuries, including slipping on wet floors. Watch out for trouble spots indoors and out to protect you and your children from a nasty fall.
- Visiting relatives over the holidays might also lead to your children borrowing toys they may not be mature enough to use. This is especially true of riding toys that require balance your children may not yet possess. Always ensure children wear helmets and other protective gear and have appropriate supervision. Some toys may also have manufacturing or design defects. Inspect toys carefully and remember a New Orleans personal injury attorney can also pursue compensation for defective products.
- Getting together with friends and family may also mean taking part in athletic events. While playing sports is fun, injuries do happen. Even when it’s a casual game of pickup basketball or flag football, be sure your children warm-up properly, take frequent breaks, drink plenty of liquids and wear appropriate protective gear.
- Car accidents remain the biggest injury risk, which heightens even more with increased holiday traffic. More people on the road naturally always increases the potential for accidents. Children are a bigger risk of injury or death when not properly restrained. Always make sure your kids buckle up or properly secured in age-appropriate safety seats. Also, check around your car for children playing. Watch out for children riding bicycles, skateboards or scooters in the roadway.
New Orleans Personal Injury Prevention
Vigilant supervision can prevent most personal injuries, but you might not anticipate someone else’s negligence. Injured over the holiday season or anytime? Contact an experienced New Orleans personal injury attorney at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys.
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