The holidays are going to be here before we know it. Another season will come and go as fast as it has done in the years before. You may be feeling as though it’s a good time to be a bit more lenient with your children. After all, it’s a joyful time of year and kids are as excited as anyone.
Now is not the time to get lax. The holidays bring with them an increased risk of accident for people of any age, and children are not immune. The good news is that you can reduce the risk of holiday-related accidents by practicing a reasonable amount of caution and taking the right preparations. Here are some of the most common accidents involving children during this hectic time of year.
Floridians stand very little chance of developing hypothermia. That said, it could make it even more important that you are aware of the dangers if you will be traveling north to visit friends and family. Hypothermia can occur in temperatures as high as 40 degrees. When children spend hours playing outside in the snow, they are at a heightened risk.
If you are going north and your children will be experiencing snow for the first time, you may be tempted to let them play for as long as they like. A better idea is to let them play for just a bit and then have them come inside to warm up. You can repeat this multiple times. Don’t let your children play outside in cold temperatures for more than 30 minutes at a time. Make sure they are dressed in several loose-fitting layers and that they have hats and gloves on.
Children are curious. If you are cooking something on the stove, make sure that there are no inquisitive children around. You can turn quickly and trip over a little one before you know it. Don’t leave anything on the stove unsupervised.
In addition to burns from the stove, little ones may be susceptible to fire accidents. Space heaters, tree lights and other decorations all pose a threat. Before you plug anything in, inspect wires for fraying or splitting. Turn off and unplug lights and other decorations when you leave the house or go to bed.
Many of the most popular holiday plants are toxic if they are ingested. While most are not fatal, they can cause bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Others can cause itchy rashes. Poinsettias, holly berries and mistletoe can all be dangerous to children who may not understand that they should keep these things out of their mouths.
If you have toddlers in the house and want to keep holiday plants, make sure those plants are high up on a shelf or cabinet. The best rule of thumb is to keep these items out of reach or curious hands and mouths.
Small children are at the highest risk of choking injuries. It’s not only food that your little one may choke on. Tree ornaments, small decorative items and even loose parts on toys all can be hazardous. Remind your kids that they shouldn’t put anything in their mouths that isn’t food. Also remind them as they are eating that they should chew thoroughly before they swallow, and to not speak while they have food in their mouth.
Again, you may not be at a heightened risk for a winter car accident if you live in Florida, you are at a heightened risk if you will be traveling north. This is especially true if you run into a snowstorm and aren’t used to driving on slick and icy roads. Your little passengers are counting on your to drive safely.
If you encounter a snow storm, adjust your driving accordingly. Leave more room between you and the car ahead of you, travel more slowly and take your time braking. When you do these things, you are less likely to be involved in or cause a car accident. You are also more likely to arrive at your destination safely.
There are some accidents that simply can’t be prevented. Those listed above, however, can be. When you are sure to supervise your children, take the time to decorate with safety in mind and drive carefully, your children are at a lower risk of being injured this holiday season.
If your child does sustain at injury in Fort Lauderdale this holiday season and the fault lies with someone else, you may have legal grounds for compensation. Call our office to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers today. We will provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation at which time we will advise you of your legal options. Reach out to our team today or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.