The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. Provides Tips for Keeping Children Safe this Summer

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The San Diego personal injury lawyers of The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. provide tips for keeping children safe throughout the summer months.

To avoid personal injuries this summer, practice safety everywhere you go and, most importantly, always make sure your children are supervised by an adult.

Summertime creates endless opportunities for exploring and discovering new adventures with our little ones. But, according to the San Diego personal injury lawyers of The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. there are special precautions parents can take to ensure their children stay safe during the hot and long summer days.

“We all just want our children to be safe,” said Melinda Helbock, Founder of The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. “Our law office put together a list of some of the things parents can do to make sure their children have a safe, yet eventful summer.”

  •     Learn CPR: CPR is an important skill for parents to have, especially during the months of traveling and experiencing new adventures. Parents can check with local hospitals and/or local chapters of the American Red Cross to find classes in their area.
  •     Teach children about poisonous plants such as poison oak, poison ivy and sumac, especially before camping and hiking.
  •     Check children for ticks after exploring in the great outdoors; it’s important to check behind the ears, in the scalp, in the groin area and under the arms.
  •     Always supervise children during water activities such as at the beach and the pool. Individuals who have pools on their properties should put up safety gates to ensure accidents don’t happen. Parents (especially those who own swimming pools) should also consider putting their children in swim lessons at an early age to teach them early safety skills.
  •     Protect littles from sun damage by applying sunscreen head to toes every time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the hottest hours of the day. When choosing a sun screen for your little one, look for SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher to prevent sunburns. Spray on sunscreens offer convenience, but they do run the risk of irritating the lungs if inhaled and some can be flammable.
  •     Teach little ones about protecting their eyes and skin by teaching them to wear sunglasses and hats when spending the day in the hot sun.
  •     Learn how to properly deal with jellyfish stings. In most cases, jelly fish stings don’t require a doctor visit, but it is important to familiarize yourself with the signs of serious problems. If your child is stung by a jelly fish and is experiencing difficulty breathing or swallowing; swelling of the mouth or tongue; intense pain; nausea or vomiting; headache or dizziness; or muscle spasms, you should call an ambulance immediately. In other cases, a sting can be treated by rinsing the affected area in sea water (not fresh water as it can cause the stingers to release more poison); soaking the area with vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes; scraping the stingers out with a credit card; and if available, applying a paste of seawater and vinegar or shaving cream to the affected area.
  •     Keep your child safe while playing at playgrounds by always supervising to make sure he or she is using the equipment properly. It is also important to check the playground for dangers such as broken glass or water that could cause a child to slip.

“The summer months are meant to be enjoyed by children and families and should be full of fun, adventure and late nights,” Helbock said. “To avoid personal injuries this summer, practice safety everywhere you go and, most importantly, always make sure your children are supervised by an adult.”

About The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C.
The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. is a San Diego personal injury law firm that represents individuals and families throughout the county in cases involving serious personal injuries. We have taken a special interest in child safety and are committed to helping the children of San Diego stay safe. For more information, please visit http://www.helbocklaw.com.

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