ROBERT LYON & ASSOCIATES

SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY
Bob Lyon has years of experience working with and for the rights of children suffering from injuries that were caused by defective toys or improper equipment. This page is devoted to you and your family, as a support for research into the area of safety for your family.

SWIMMING POOLS More than 2,000 children drown each year in this country. As many as 1 in 5 children who are rescued and survive an incident of near- drowning suffer permanent brain damage.

Toddlers ages 1 to 3 are at highest risk of drowning. Almost all toddler drownings happen at the child's own home pool, or the pool of a friend, a neighbor or family member.

A residential swimming pool is 14 times as likely as a car to be involved in the death of a child under 5 years of age.

SUGGESTIONS FOR SAFETY:

INSTALL A LOCKED FENCE AT LEAST 5 FEET HIGH THAT COMPLETELY SURROUNDS THE POOL.

INSTALL A WARNING DEVICE IN THE POOL THAT ALERTS YOU TO ANY MOVEMENT IN THE WATER.

KEEP ALL DOORS FROM THE RESIDENCE TO THE POOL LOCKED,  THE KEY OUT OF THE LOCK SHOULD NOT REMAIN IN THE LOCK.

LEARN CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) AND HAVE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS AT TELEPHONES.
   
BICYCLES In 1990, about 560,000 bicycle related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States. Most of them, about 2 out of 3, involved a child under 15. Head injury is the most frequent cause of serious disability and death in bicycle mishaps.

Among children 14 and under, about one-fifth of all significant brain injuries are bicycle-related.

The economic costs of bicycle related injuries involving children under 15 were estimated at $1.2 billion in 1990. The human costs are beyond calculation.

SUGGESTIONS FOR SAFETY:

WEAR HELMETS. THIS CAN REDUCE HEAD INJURIES BY AS MUCH AS 85 PERCENT. Helmets with "Snell and ANSI" approval meet standards for impact protection and strap strength, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Consumer Reports.

ATTEND BICYCLE SAFETY CLASSES GIVEN BY POLICE DEPARTMENTS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, LOCAL RED CROSS AND CIVIC CLUBS.

WEAR CLOTHING THAT CAN BE SEEN EASILY, SUCH AS REFLECTIVE CLOTHING.

PLACE REFLECTORS ON THE FRONT AND REAR OF THE BICYCLE.
   
PLAYGROUNDS Nearly 170,000 kids get hurt while using equipment on public and backyard playgrounds each year. The most common cause of serious injury is falling or jumping to the ground from playground equipment and landing on a hard surface.

The highest rate of injury is among 6 to 8 year olds, but the number of pre-schoolers injured on public playground equipment has doubled in the last decade. Hard surfaces are hazardous: falling onto concrete or asphalt from a height of only a few inches can cause a severe head injury. Even natural surfaces, grass and hard packed earth, can be hazardous.

SUGGESTIONS FOR SAFETY:

PLACE A GOOD PROTECTIVE SURFACE UNDER AND AROUND THE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.

MULCH, FINE GRAVEL AND SAND ARE GOOD MATERIALS TO USE. Material should cover the fall zone & the area around slides, swings and climbing equipment. It must be deep enough to cushion a child's fall, at least 9 to 12 inches deep. Surfacing should also be regularly maintained and replenished.

CHECK LOCAL AND STATE STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC/PRIVATE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT.

CHECK CHILD SAFETY GROUPS AND PUBLICATIONS FOR GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION.


WEBSITES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:


FORD CROWN VICTORIA SAFETY ALERT - www.crownvictoriasafetyalert.com/

AMERICAN TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION - "Keep our families safe". www.atlanet.org

THE SAFETY FORUM - Safety news and resources. www.safetyforum.com

CONSUMER INFORMATION CENTER - Lists of available Federal consumer publications. www,pueblo.gsa.gov

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION - Product recalls. www.cpsc.gov

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION -  www.tbilaw.com

MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (MADD) - General information. HTTP://madd.org

NATIONAL SPINAL CORD INJURY ASSOCIATION - Resource site. www.spinalcord.org

CITIZENS FOR CORPORATE & INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS - www.ccair.org

PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUPS - www.uspirg.org


This information is only to aid you in locating information regarding the safety of you and your family. Please read any and all instructions received with products, and call the product company with any questions.

 

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