(617) 720-8447

Free consultation

09:00 A.M. - 05:00 P.M.

Office hours mon - fri

Summertime Can be Dangerous for Children

Share

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and Department of Public Health want to remind you that summertime carries special dangers for children. In a press release, they highlight three areas: windows, water, and cars.

In the summertime, we open our windows up, and children fall from open windows, sometimes to their death. A window screen creates a visual barrier that makes us feel like the window is safe, but a window screen is not strong enough to keep a child, even a toddler or a crawling baby from falling out. There are window guards you or your landlord can install, or you can open windows from the top, not the bottom.

Drowning is a leading cause of death for children in Massachusetts and nationwide. Kids can drown in shallow water as well as deep, in bathtubs, swimming pools, lakes and ponds, or the ocean. You must have your eye on small children in or near the water at all times, and even larger children should be supervised. If you have a swimming pool on your property, make sure there is a fence at least four feet high around it, with self-latching gates that are above the reach of children.

Cars are always dangerous, and you should always make sure children are not around moving vehicles or left unsupervised in cars that are running or have the keys in them. But summertime poses a special risk: overheated vehicles. Children should never be left alone in a car in the summertime. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that a car with the windows down 2″ in 80 degree weather can reach deadly heat levels in ten minutes.

We hope these tips will help you to do what you can to protect your children from harm. At KJC Law Firm, we are dedicated to making your life safer. By holding landlords, property owners, drivers or manufacturers responsible for the injuries they cause, we give them good reasons to act more responsibly and safely. And if you or your children are injured, we will help you to get proper compensation.

The Boston accident and injury lawyers at KJC Law Firm, including Kathy Jo Cook and Timothy Wilton, have more than 90 years of experience litigating serious personal injury cases. KJC Law Firm handles cases for clients all across the state of Massachusetts.

Related Posts

June 28, 2022

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Aerotoxic Syndrome: A Hidden Health and Safety Hazard

Due to the negligence of airplane manufacturers, thousands of pilots, flight attendants, and passengers around the world have been exposed to toxic cabin air. The exposure can cause an array of permanent and catastrophic illnesses and injuries, known collectively as aerotoxic syndrome. In this article, we’ll examine the root cause of aerotoxic syndrome and review […]

June 15, 2022

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Helmet Laws in Massachusetts: An Overview

With the summer months fast approaching, you’ll see more Bay Staters hitting the roads and trails to enjoy their hobbies wearing a variety of sturdy and colorful helmets. Modern helmets have evolved to include high-tech materials, but their basic structure is largely the same. Across sports and activities, most helmets feature a layer of foam […]

August 2, 2021

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Distracted Driver’s Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driver’s Awareness Month. Everyday, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving consists of actions such as...

Let Us Share Our Insight On Your Podcast

We love educating your audience about the ins and outs of personal injury law.

People Share Insights

(617) 720-8447

Free consultation

08:00 - 20:00

Office hours mon - fri

Thank you for telling us
your story!

One of our intake specialists will be in
touch with you within one business day.

Download THE

Five Tips to Survive Your Lawsuit and Help Make It a Winner

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thank You!

One of our intake specialists will contact
you within one business day.

If you’d like to share more information with us about your situation, feel free
to write as much or as little as you like below. (Not required.)

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.