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    Did You Know November Is Child Safety and Protection Month?
    November 15 2022

    November is Child Safety and Protection Month. It’s a month dedicated to bringing attention to the unique dangers that children face every day. It’s also a time to focus on what you can do to help protect your loved ones. Here, we provide some of our top tips to keep your children safe.

    If you or a loved one are injured in a Las Vegas area accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

    Time is of the essence when pursuing compensation in accident cases. Don’t delay—have our Las Vegas accident lawyers review your case. Sometimes people avoid contacting an accident lawyer because they worry about cost. You don’t have to worry about affordability. Our attorneys don’t get paid unless they win your case. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Child Safety and Protection

    Child safety and protection is a top priority for families. Unfortunately, our children are vulnerable to accidental injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Child Injury Report, an estimated 9.2 million children annually had an initial emergency department visit for an unintentional injury. In addition to that sobering information, the report also found that, on average, 12,175 children 0 to 19 years of age die each year in the United States from an unintentional and often preventable injury.

    You can’t prevent every accident. However, you can take precautions to help keep your children safe. Here, we provide our top tips for child safety and protection.

    Child Passenger Safety

    Your children are your most precious passengers. The best way to keep them safe in vehicles is to make sure that they are properly restrained. Younger children should be restrained in a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their height and weight. Older children should wear a seat belt every time they are in the car.

    Car Seats

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has an online tool to help you find the right seat for your child. Once you have found the right car seat for your child, make sure that it is properly installed. Use the car seat every time your child is in the car. Adjust the car seat as your child grows.

    Booster Seats

    Older children may still need booster seats. A child should only move from a booster seat to an adult seat belt when the adult seat belt fits properly. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a seat belt fits properly if the following is true:

    • The shoulder belt lies snugly across the shoulder and chest, not crossing the neck or face.
    • The lap belt lies snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach.

    We hope these child passenger safety tips keep you and your loved ones safe. For more tips, see Did You Observe Child Passenger Safety Week?

    If you or a loved one are injured in a Las Vegas area car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and help you get the personal injury settlement that you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Teen Passenger Safety

    Teens face unique safety challenges as passengers. One of the most dangerous places that they can ride is in a car with another teen driver. Teens driving with friends face a higher safety risk than teens driving alone. Your teen can take steps to stay safe in the passenger seat by keeping the following in mind.

    Buckle Up

    Your teen should wear a seat belt every time they get in a vehicle. Buckling up is the single most effective thing your teen can do to stay protected in a crash.

    Be a Safe Passenger

    The best way for your teen to be a safe passenger is to limit distractions. Remind your teen that the driver needs to focus on the task of safe driving.

    Only Ride With Experienced Drivers

    Only let your teen ride with experienced drivers. If you live in Nevada, review Nevada’s passenger restrictions for teen drivers. Ask your teen about who is driving them and their driving experience.

    Only Ride With Sober Drivers

    Talk to your teen about what to do if they think a driver is impaired. Help them practice saying “no” to getting in a car if they don’t feel safe. Offer alternatives like calling a parent or another trusted adult for a ride.

    We hope your teen stays safe on the road. For more information on teen passenger safety, see Have You Talked To Your Teen About Passenger Safety?

    If an inexperienced driver injures your teen in a Las Vegas area accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Pedestrian Safety

    It is a dangerous time for pedestrians. You can help your children stay safe while walking by practicing safe walking with them. Keep in mind that intersections and driveways are especially dangerous for young children because kids are smaller and more difficult to see. Practice doing the following with your children:

    • Only crossing at designated crosswalks
    • Always stopping and looking for cars in all directions
    • If there is a car at the intersection, making eye contact with the driver before crossing
    • Never running across the street
    • Listening for cars and looking for car taillights in driveways

    Bike Safety

    Bicycles are a great form of transportation for children and adults alike. If your children ride bikes, then you should regularly talk to them about bicycle safety. The younger your child is, the more supervision they should have while riding a bike. It is best not to let children under the age of 10 ride alone. When you are talking to your children about bike safety, keep the following in mind.

    Wear a Helmet

    Your child should wear a helmet every time they get on a bicycle, even if they are just riding in the neighborhood. Make sure the helmet fits properly and meets the standards issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Fit the Bike to Your Child

    Regularly check that your child’s bicycle fits them. If necessary, adjust the bicycle to fit your child. Do not let your child ride a bicycle that is too big or too small. It can be a safety hazard.

    Maintain the Bike

    Just like a car, a bicycle requires regular maintenance to properly function. Regularly check the bike’s chain, brakes, and tires.

    Dress Appropriately

    Make sure that your child wears clothing appropriate for bike riding. Your child should avoid loose fitting clothing that can get caught in the chain. Encourage your child to wear bright and reflective clothing to increase their visibility.

    Check for Bikeability

    Check your community for its bikeability. Find routes that are safe for your child and away from traffic.

    Practice Safe Riding With Your Child

    You should practice safe riding with your child. Show your child how to stay alert for cars and other potential hazards while riding. Help them form good habits now so they can safely ride on their own when they get older.

    If a driver injures your child in a bicycle accident, you should seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help protect your child’s rights and help get them the personal injury settlement that they deserve. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Water Safety

    It’s no secret that Las Vegas is hot. One of the most popular ways to cool down is swimming. Swimming pools are a great place for families to escape the heat and have fun together. Unfortunately, swimming pools can also be dangerous. Keep the following in mind if your children are going to be around a swimming pool.

    Water Competency

    You should teach your children how to swim. Swimming lessons are a great way for your child to learn how to safely enjoy swimming pools. Make sure every member of your family achieves skills of water competency.

    Always Watch Children Around Water

    Never assume someone else is watching your child. Always designate an adult to watch a child around water.

    Prevent Access To Water

    Unintended water access is dangerous for children. Use layers of protection around pools and hot tubs to prevent physical access to water. According to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, layers of protection include the following:

    • Fences
    • Gates
    • Latches
    • House doors
    • Alarms
    • Safety covers and nets

    Never leave a child unattended around water. For additional safety tips, see Do You Need Swimming Pool Safety Tips?

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    We hope our tips keep you and your children safe. If you or a loved one are injured in a Las Vegas area accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

    Your choice of an accident lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. It’s important to select a Las Vegas attorney that can put you in the best position to win your case. That’s why you need to speak with Anthem Injury Lawyers. Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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