Melville, NY (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, a national law firm focused on protecting the rights of children, are reminding adults everywhere to keep child safety in mind as they enjoy this year’s July 4th festivities. As Independence Day approaches this week, children everywhere are looking forward to the fireworks, picnics, pool parties, and parades that are the hallmarks of this holiday. By taking some precautions, parents and other adults can help ensure our kids enjoy the July 4th holiday, and the entire summer, injury free.
Fireworks, fire crackers and sparklers are always part of the July 4th fun. But according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) 65 percent of all fireworks injuries in 2011 were sustained during the 30 days surrounding the Independence Day holiday. Sparklers, firecrackers, and aerial devices were associated with the most incidents. According to the CPSC, young children should never be allowed to play with or ignite fireworks or sparklers. Sparklers, which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, frequently injure children. The Commission also advises that an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle them. But by far the best way to prevent fireworks injuries is not to use them at home at all. Enjoy a public fireworks display with your family, and leave them to the professionals. (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12203.html)
With hot weather predicted for much of the U.S. this holiday week, many families will be heading to the pool or beach. Drowning can happen at any time of the year, but be especially cautious during the summer months. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision is a must when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing to prevent unsupervised access, is still important. (http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html/)
Picnics and Barbecues
Picnics and barbecues represent opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. Always store food in a cooler packed with ice and out of direct sunshine to lessen the chances of bacteria growth. When grilling up those hamburgers, make sure to use a food thermometer. Ground beef or pork isn’t safe until it reaches 160 degrees, while steaks and fish are safe at 145. Whole poultry and chicken breasts need to be cooked until they reach 165 degrees. (http://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/Consumers/ucm109899.htm)
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), research shows the risk of a serious injury or death during hot weather is heightened for children left alone in vehicles. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Hyperthermia (heat-stroke) is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths for children under the age of 14. Children should never be left alone in a vehicle on a summer day. (http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2011/Consumer+Advisory:+NHTSA+Cautions+Parents+on+the+Risks+of+Hyperthermia)
Keeping these safety guidelines in mind will help ensure your family’s summer fun doesn’t turn tragic. The entire legal staff at Alonso Krangle LLP wishes you and yours a safe and happy 4th of July!
About Alonso Krangle LLP Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A national law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and plans to open additional locations in New Jersey.
For more information about Alonso Krangle or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.fightforvictims.com.
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