Florida Accident Prevention: Back to School Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on August 29, 2011

Fort Myers child injury attorneyWhere did the summer go? In the coming weeks, children across Florida will be heading back to school. In addition to new clothes and school supplies, parents may also want to also consider their children’s safety in the classroom. School safety is particularly important because most Florida children spend almost a quarter of their waking hours on school property.

Unfortunately, up to 25 percent of the more than 14 million unintentional injuries to children each year happen in and around schools.

Before your drop your child off at school this year, here are a few tips to ensure that they stay injury free:

Playground: Each year, more than 200,000 hospital emergency room visits are related to playground injuries. Most injuries involve falls onto the playground surface or playground equipment.

  • Check with school officials to make sure that the school’s playground equipment has been inspected and maintained.
  • Confirm that there are at least nine inches of shock absorbing surface material around the school’s playground equipment.

Bicycle Helmet: The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an annual average of 80 children under 16 years of age have died in bicycle-related incidents in recent years. About half of the approximately 500,000 bicycle-related emergency room-treated injuries in 2008 involved children under 16 years of age.

  • Make sure your child wears a helmet that meets CPSC requirements every time he/she bikes or rides a scooter to and from school.
  • Make sure your child’s helmet fits snuggly, level on top of the head, with a buckled chin strap.

Drawstrings: Since 1985, CPSC has received reports of 28 deaths and 71 non-fatal incidents involving the entanglement of children’s clothing drawstrings.

  • Ensure none of your child’s outerwear clothing has drawstrings at the hood or neck area.

Recalled Products:

  • Check the CPSC’s Web site, www.cpsc.gov, to make sure all back to school purchases and previously owned items have not been recalled.

Source: CPSC

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child has been seriously injured in a Florida school accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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