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August 2013
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Summer fun and kids are synonymous. But every year, too many kids are hurt during activities they like doing most. Here's a quick review of summer safety tips for kids with links to lots of additional resources. We hope you enjoy the summer season!

Tragic Jogging Accident
In this tragic accident a young man lost part of his leg while jogging in Janesville Wisconsin. I had the privilege of representing this young man and help him get his life back together. We were able to make a favorable recovery that will allow him to get the necessary medical help needed to move forward with his life. Continue reading.

Tips for Pool, Bike, Playground Safety

Injuries Spike During Summer 

Swim LessonsSwim lessons for kids can drastically reduce the risk of drowning. © Monkey Business - Fotolia.com

Summertime fun shouldn’t be derailed by a trip to the hospital. But unfortunately, more than 3 million kids in America under 14 will be rushed to the emergency room with serious injuries this summer, and 2,000 will die. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that the children in your life enjoy their favorite summertime activities safely:

Secure the Pool

1) Install a four-sided fence: Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children between one and four years of age, and many of those tragedies occur when children wander away from parental supervision. Install a four-sided fence around your pool instead of a three-sided fence with the house forming the fourth side. Also note that pool covers are often hard to see through and can conceal a drowning child.

2) Stock rescue equipment: Keep a shepherd’s crook — a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preservers by the pool at all times. An important note: Water floaties are NOT a suitable alternative to life jackets or life preservers. Instead, use life jackets and exercise arm’s-length parental supervision. In addition, designate a “water watcher” during any pool event at home. Download a water watcher card and other teaching resources from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

3) Encourage swimming lessons: Studies have shown that swimming lessons for children one to four years of age drastically reduces the risk of drowning — by up to 88 percent.

C Click here for more tips on water safety at home.

Follow the Two-Wheeled Rules of the Road

1) Properly fit helmets: Wearing a helmet is a no-brainer, but many children don’t properly adjust theirs. See this guide from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration on how to properly fit and adjust a bike helmet for kids.

WrenchingProper fit and regular maintenance improve bike safety. © pressmaster - Fotolia.com

2) Adjust bike seats: There are obvious dangers involved in riding a bike, like traffic or potholes, but crashes often happen because of a poorly maintained bike. Adjust a child’s bike seat so it’s two to four inches above the top bar. This guarantees that the child’s legs never fully straighten out and lock in the down-pedal motion. Also check the tires and brakes before sending a child out on a ride.

3) Brush up on traffic laws: In most states, bikes are expected to follow the same basic traffic laws as automobiles. Educate your kids on the basics of bike traffic laws.

Click here for more tips on bike safety for kids.

Limit the Risk of Monkey Bar Mayhem

1) Use age-appropriate equipment: Some equipment is only meant for older kids, but most playgrounds don’t differentiate between separate play areas for tots and tweens. Supervise children to make sure they are using equipment appropriate to their age group.

2) Look for soft ground: It can be hazardous when soft playground turf deteriorates and isn’t replaced promptly. A fresh layer of wood chips, rubber, sand or other shock-absorbing material can dramatically decrease the risk of injury due to a fall from the equipment.

3) Find a certified playground inspector: The National Recreation and Park Association has launched a major initiative to train local citizens on playground equipment inspection and standards. To find a trained certified playground safety inspector in your area, search the CPSI registry.

Click here for a complete summer safety checklist for playgrounds.

Action Urged on Generic Drugs

After the U.S. Supreme Court held that generic drug companies cannot be held responsible for the design of the drugs they make, members of Congress are urging the FDA to take action.

The facts

Kid Safety Expert Has Seen It All

Bill Kitzes discusses playgrounds, pools and bicycles and what you can do to protect the children you know.

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