At schools, day care centers, and summer camps, there may be a risks to children that may not be well identified by the administrators, owners, and employees. The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that over 260 children have died since 2000 due to furniture including but not limited to bookshelfs, dressers, and televisions tipping over on the children. Another alarming statistics include the report that over 11,000 children suffered personal injuries from tip over related incidents during this time period as well. The truth is that these injuries are quite foreseeable and preventable.
During the summer months and the rest of the year, children enjoy the fun and adventure of spending time on a playground. Whether it is at the day care center, school, summer camp, or public park, a playground can provide hours of entertainment and activity for children – especially toddlers and pre-schools. Of course, elementary aged children also enjoy going to the playground but as they grow older – the playground loses some of its luster to these children. For the children who still love to go to the playground, there is great fun but also a risk of injury any time that a child spends time on a playground.
Even though the risks are well known or should be well known to all adults, some how children including but not limited to toddlers drown every year at private pools, community pools, day care centers, and water parks. Even one child, who drowns as a result of a preventable incident, is one child too many. There are many reasons out there for this ongoing problem during the summer months and other times of the year. It is important to spot the problems and put preventative measures in place to prevent any further drowning incidents.
Children are at risk for drowning incidents any time that children are near or in a swimming pool area or similar area like a lake, pond, water park, etc. . . . As for residential swimming pools, it is important that pool owner and supervising adults keep a swimming pool out of the reach of children. Certainly, a swimming pool owner, child care provider, and others watching child should following the applicable state and local laws; however, merely following the law will not prevent some incidents from happening. There really is not substitute for common sense, supervision, or due diligence.
At most playgrounds, it is common to see a slide. Children often enjoy playing on playgrounds and especially the joy and thrill of climbing up a slide and then sliding down. If the slide is age appropriate and used correctly, most injuries from playground slides are avoided. This also assumes that there is sufficient and reasonable supervision in place for all of the children on the playground including but not limited to the slide area – ladder, levels, slide, and landing. Unfortunately, for some children, the playground slide is the location of a serious personal injury. When a child is injured on a playground, the day care center, summer camp, property owner, school, or city / county entity may be liable for the resulting injuries and damages. The liability or responsibility will depend on the ability to prove the four essential elements of a civil case or claim: