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School is Out: Tips for a Safe Summer

July 17, 2014 | Michael Barasch

For children the sun is fun — and also dangerous. In April of this year, a nine-month-old California boy was left strapped in his car seat parked on a neighborhood street when his father went to work. The father, a diligent dad with two other children, forgot his son was in the car. On his return, the baby was dead in what is believed to be the first child heatstroke incident this year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) offers tips for keeping your child safe, including:

  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the empty car seat of your child. When your child is in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front seat as a reminder of a child in the car.
  • Do not allow children to play in a parked car. Vehicles should be used for transportation only.
  • If your routine childcare schedule differs, check-in with your spouse to ensure your child was dropped off safely.

Sunny days make for great times at the neighborhood pool. For children under age 15, supervision at any pool is important. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages one to four. In 2013, New York had the fifth highest fatality rate for drowning deaths in the United States.

Whether heading on vacation or to the house of a friend, take a little extra time to make sure your children make it there safely and return the same way. And if a loved one is injured in New York, speak with a seasoned injury attorney in New York City.

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