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  • The Double Cross of Crossfit

    It is estimated that there are 3 injuries for every 1,000 hours of Crossfit training in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Crossfit participants will suffer an injury over the course of one year of training. Overall, one in seven women “Crossfitters,” and one in five men are expected to incur at least one injury during their training.

    This makes the injury rate for the activity among the highest in the athletic world. With over 9,000 CrossFit gyms located around the world, the risks to the general public are considerable as the sport has earned a reputation for causing serious, potentially life-threatening overexertion injuries.

    Three Injuries Lead the (Ice) Pack

    Injuries to the shoulders, knees, and lower back account for more than 50% of CrossFit injuries. Powerlifting is responsible for most of the injuries to the lower back, while gymnastic motions are responsible for causing the majority of shoulder injuries.

    The repetitive motions of many CrossFit activities such as lifting dead weights and kettle bells can lead to Tennis Elbow and De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. Other common injuries include Tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, and Rotator Cuff Tendonitis of the shoulder. The longer a CrossFit participant continues to do their exercises, the more pronounced and serious these injuries will become.

    Exercising Their Way Into an Early Grave

    One of the potential side-effects of CrossFit is the development of rhabdomyolysis. This condition occurs when muscle tissue breaks down and enters the bloodstream. As the kidneys become clogged with these tissues, they can no longer effectively filter blood which then leads to kidney failure.

    Up to 26,000 people each year are treated for the condition, and many of them can trace CrossFit as being the cause of their injury. Other potentially fatal conditions caused by CrossFit include heat stroke and heart attack brought on by overexertion.

    Less lethal, but no less serious are the potential long-term consequences of CrossFit training. These include destroyed joints and torn ligaments that can require surgical repair. Even after these are repaired, these injuries can permanently limit an individual’s range of motion and ability to perform their jobs.

    A personal injury attorney can help injured CrossFitters trace the cause of the injury and the impact it has on their lives. When an exercise regimen is responsible for causing an injury, the health club and/or trainer can be held liable for failing to adequately monitor and protect participants from harm.

  • Danger on the Job: The future of Workplace Injuries

    The Occupational Health and Safety Act has promised American workers the right to a safe job since 1970, but with President Trump’s agenda, that could soon change. Since he took office, Trump has repeatedly delayed or repealed worker safety and other associated rules, and he has proposed the elimination of various worker safety programs as well as massive budget cuts. Such aggressive actions have left the future of worker safety and health protections in limbo.

    Workers Remain at Serious Risk for Injury, Illness and Death

    Workplace injury, illness and death continue to take a toll on workers in the United States, and despite efforts to improve work conditions, a lot still needs to be done. Recent reports reveal that an alarming 4,836 workers lost their lives due to on the job injuries in 2015 and occupational diseases took the lives of approximately 50,000 to 60,000 more. Additionally, there were about 3.7 million work-related injuries and illness reported that year. The true number of work injuries and illness is difficult to determine, however, because so many go unreported. It is estimated that there were around 7.4 to 11.1 million in 2015.

    Certain Workers Are at a Higher Risk for Injuries and Illnesses than Others

    Although anyone can become the victim of hazardous working conditions, some workers are more apt to suffer than others. Those at the highest risk include:

    • Latino and immigrant workers tend to become injured or lose their lives to on the job injuries. In 2015, it was reported that 943 immigrant workers died on the job. The Latino fatality rate that year was 0.4 per 100,000- a whopping 18 percent higher than the national average.
    • Older workers continue to be at a higher risk for work-related injuries and illnesses. In 2015, there were 1,681 fatalities among older workers, accounting for about 35 percent of all worker deaths. And workers who are 65 or older are about 2.5 times as likely to die on the job. The fatality rate for older workers is about 9.4 per 100,000.
    • Construction, agriculture and transportation remain some of the most dangerous occupations for workers. In 2015, there were 937 construction workers who lost their lives on the job. That is the highest number of deaths in any job. Additionally, 765 transportation and warehouse workers were killed in 2015, and another 570 agricultural workers died due to on the job injuries.
    • While safety and health have improved, the mining industry is still extremely dangerous for workers. In 2015, the fatality rate for this field was 11.4 per 100,000- more than three times the national average. bout 78 percent of deaths in the mining sector were in the oil and gas extraction industries.
    • Workplace violence has continuously been a problem for workers, and the growing issue cost the lives of about 703 workers in 2015. Homicide in the workplace was the cause of about 417 fatalities, and violence at work led to around 26,420 lost-time injuries. Women workers were the victims of workplace violence in about 68 percent of cases.

    Worker Safety and Health Protections are in Danger

    Recent aggressive moves by Congress and the Trump Administration are threatening the safety of American workers. As they move to block new protections and rollback current regulations, the lives of workers throughout the nation could be in danger. Some of the major actions that have been taken so far that directly impact worker health and safety include:

    • Delays in the effective dates for OSHA standards like the silica standard in the construction industry could cause about 160 worker deaths due to high exposures.
    • Budget proposals could wreak havoc on worker safety. Proposals have been made to cut the Department of Labor’s budget by a whopping 21 percent, eliminate the Chemical Safety Board entirely, eliminate numerous health and worker safety training programs, and slash the job safety research budget by approximately $100 million.
    • The Clarification of a  rule that requires employers to maintain accurate illness and injury records is being repealed. And a rule that would have required companies to disclose information about health and safety violations to qualify for government contracts is being repealed as well.
    • Agencies have been directed to delay effective dates for final rules that are not yet in effect, and freeze the regulatory process.
    • In January of 2017, an executive order was issued that states that two current safeguards must be repealed for every new safety or health protection issued.

    Worker health and safety should be a priority in the United States. Trump’s budget cuts and regulatory reform will impede the progress that OSHA has been making to ensure that workers are protected from hazardous work conditions that could result in serious injuries, long-term illnesses, disability and even death.

     

  • Are Domestic Workers in Illinois Entitled to Workers Compensation Benefits?

    In Illinois, domestic workers who work at least 40 hours per week for at least 13 weeks per year are entitled to workers compensation benefits if injured on the job. A Chicago workers compensation attorney can explain the necessary process to file a claim for benefits.

    Domestic Workers Rights in Illinois

    On January 1, 2017, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights took effect. Under this bill, domestic workers receive certain rights and protection for fair treatment. The bill defines a domestic worker as a person who is regularly employed to do 8 hours of work per week in the following areas:

    • House cleaning, house keeping, and home management services
    • Cooking and laundering
    • Chauffeuring
    • Companion services
    • Nanny services
    • Home health, personal care or care giving services for the elderly or individuals who are ill, injured or disabled

    In Illinois, employers of qualified domestic workers are required to have workers compensation insurance. Employers are not allowed to charge workers for any portion of the workers compensation insurance premium, and they are prohibited from firing or retaliating against workers who are injured on the job.

    Under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, a worker who comes into Illinois for an out of state employer can also be subject to and eligible for benefits. If a domestic workers rights are violated under the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, a Chicago workers compensation attorney can provide information and legal assistance.

    Filing an Illinois Workers Compensation Claim

    According to the guidelines under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, the statute of limitations to file a workers compensation claim is three years from the date of the injury, or two years after the last payment of compensation, whichever is later. Workers who miss work due to an on-the-job injury are entitled to benefits equal to two-thirds of their average weekly wage up to a statutory maximum.

    Under the Workers Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to three separate benefits: medical benefits, temporary off-work benefits, and permanent impairment benefits. In addition, the act restricts both employers and workers compensation insurance carriers from interfering with a worker’s rights and threatening to fire, discharge, or discriminate against workers who exercise such rights.

    According to the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission, more than 90 percent of workers in the state are covered by the Workers Compensation Act. Employees can protect their rights by learning more about how Illinois law applies to them through a Chicago workers compensation attorney.

     

  • When Bacteria Spoils the Meal

    Foodborne bacterial infections affect millions of Americans every year. Many of these bacterial infections create short term discomfort including diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. However, there are some bacteria that can require hospitalization and the use of strong antibacterial medication to clear up. For patients infected with these more serious bacteria, the fight is quite literally life or death.

    The Most Dangerous Bacteria

    Salmonella – Salmonella thrives in raw meats, eggs, and unpasteurized milk. It can also live for extended periods of time in fruits or vegetables. The CDC estimates that on average the bacteria is responsible for 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths per year.

    E. Coli – Shiga toxin is the most dangerous form of e.coli and it causes 265,000 infections per year. It can be transmitted via a variety of foods and water. The bacteria is responsible for the most recent e.coli outbreak in Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts and has caused the CDC to issue a recall on soy peanut butter products manufactured by I.M. Healthy.

    Listeria – Statistically, Listeria is a particularly deadly bacterial infection. Each year, roughly 1,600 people are infected, and of these, 260 succumb to the infection. The bacteria can thrive in meats, vegetables, dairy products, and fruits.

    Norovirus – Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illnesses in the United States and the world. The bacteria can thrive in seafood, vegetables, and fruits. It can also survive for extended periods of time on contaminated surfaces including tables, cutting boards, handrails, silverware, etc. While many people associate Norovirus with the much-publicized outbreaks on cruise ships, it is not a ship that passes in the night. Globally, it occurs most often on dry land and causes 685 million infections per year; nearly 200 million of these occur in children younger than 5 years old.

    Liability for Bacterial Infections

    The negligent actions of one or more parties are often responsible for the transmission of foodborne bacterial infections. A personal injury attorney in Chicago can help determine whether the following common causes behind bacterial outbreaks are responsible:

    • The farmer who fails to properly harvest and transport crops, or slaughter meats in accordance with established guidelines.
    • The wholesaler who improperly stores food products prior to distribution.
    • A food processing facility that does not adhere to sterilization standards.
    • The grocery retailer who stores food products outside of established food safety rules and regulations.
    • Inspectors who fail to identify unsafe food handling procedures and/or malfunctioning equipment that can harbor harmful bacteria.

     

  • ‘Textalyzer’ to Detect Cell Phone Use While Driving Under Consideration

    A new device called a ‘textalyzer’ is being developed to help law enforcement officers detect whether or not drivers in accidents were distracted by texting, social media and other applications while they were driving, resulting in their accidents.Currently, law enforcement officers must get search warrants in order to search drivers’ phones, making it difficult for them to enforce existing distracted driving laws. A lawyer for a car accident injury victim likewise may have difficulty uncovering evidence that proves the at-fault driver was distracted in the moments preceding the accident. Opponents of the textalyzer device have concerns about the privacy of drivers whose phones would be searched using it.

    How the Textalyzer Device Would Work

    With a textalyzer device, a police officer who suspects that a driver was distracted by a cell phone would not be required to take the phone away and check inside of it. Instead, the officer could simply use a cable to attach the device to the phone, and the driver would not have to take it of his or her hands. The officer would tap a button on the device, and it would take about 90 seconds to return a report of the activities that the driver engaged in immediately before the accident with time stamps. Cellebrite, the company that is working to develop the technology, states that it would not download content from the phones but would instead detect swipes and taps. It would also provide a summary of what applications were open at the time of the accident and whether messages were incoming or outgoing.

    This could be used as evidence by a lawyer for a car accident injury victim to show that the driver was at fault because of distraction. It could also be used to prosecute the distracted drivers for using their phones with their hands while driving.

    Privacy Concerns about Textalyzers

    While textalyzers could help to prove that drivers were using their cell phones illegally, causing accidents, privacy advocates have concerns about their use by law enforcement officers. They argue that these devices would allow police to search the phones of drivers after even minor accidents. They also have concerns that the searches would be warrantless but could amount to drivers effectively providing information to officers that could then be used against them in court. Americans have a constitutional right against self-incrimination and a right against unreasonable searches and seizures. If the devices are used by police in Illinois and elsewhere, they are likely to be legally challenged.

    Distracted Driving a Big Problem

    Distracted driving is a huge problem in Chicago and across the country. An increasing percentage of accidents are believed to involve distraction from cell phone use, and the number of accidents overall has also increased. According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities rose by 6 percent in 2016 with nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. killed. A spokesperson for the NSC stated that the availability of textalyzers could be a major game changer in the drive to reduce motor vehicle accidents and their resulting fatalities and injuries. Lawmakers in several states and cities are interested in possibly authorizing the use of textalyzers by law enforcement officers, and they are under consideration in Chicago and other major cities in addition to the states of New York, New Jersey and Tennessee.

    The Problem with Existing Distracted Driving Laws

    Using cell phones while driving with the hands is prohibited in almost every state, but it is very difficult to prove that a driver was using a cell phone just before a crash. Police officers cannot take the cell phones of drivers and search them without first getting a search warrant to do so. Getting a search warrant is not always a straightforward process.

    Officers must write a search warrant affidavit outlining the evidence that demonstrates that they have probable cause to believe that the drivers were distracted by using their cell phones, causing their accidents. The search warrants must be approved by judges before they can be issued, and the process can take time. This process means that even when distracted driving is suspected, many drivers are not prosecuted for it. It also makes it more difficult for a lawyer for a car accident injury victim to prove that the other driver was distracted by using a cellphone.

    If police are allowed to use textalyzers, a lawyer for a car accident injury victim could get copies of the reports in the discovery process, and the reports might make it easier to convince insurance companies about the drivers’ liability. This may make the insurance companies likelier to offer reasonable and fair settlements to victims of car accident injuries so that they can be made whole again.

  • Illinois’ GDL Program Equals Safer Streets

    Well known as a model for teen driving safety, the Illinois Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program has significantly reduced the number of fatalities associated with teen drivers since it was implemented in 2008. With approximately 60 percent fewer deaths, the GDL program is proven to be effective at making Illinois streets safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

    Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 20, and approximately one in five licensed drivers who are 16 years old are involved in a car accident. Driver distraction and impaired driving are major contributors to the number of teen driving accidents, and the tendency to take risks and lack of driver inexperience both play significant roles as well. To address the factors associated with the high crash rate among young drivers, Illinois developed the state’s GDL Program.

    What Is the Illinois GDL Program?

    The program, which has gained national attention and becomes a model for other states in recent years, enables teens to more thoroughly develop their driving skills as they progress through various stages to obtain an unrestricted driver’s license. The Illinois GDL program does not increase the minimum age required for young drivers to obtain a regular driver’s license. Those who complete the required instruction permit phase and pass an approved driver education program may still be able to become licensed drivers at the age of 16. For those drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 who have not successfully completed an approved driver education program, a six-hour course is required before a driver’s license can be obtained.

    • During the first phase of the program, young drivers face nighttime driving restrictions, the number of passengers allowed is limited, and 50 hours of supervised driving must be completed. The permit must be held for at least six months and is valid for up to two years.
    • Upon completion of phase one, drivers age 16-17 move on to phase two. They still face nighttime driving limits and the number of passengers is still limited, however, they are no longer required to have a licensed driver 21 or older in the front seat.
    • When the second phase is completed, the driver moves on to a full driver’s license with no age-related restrictions.

    Even with the GDL program, younger drivers are still involved in a large number of car accidents that result in serious injuries or death.

     

  • Coping With Work-Related Head Injuries

    Work-related head injuries can lead to physical, mental, and financial hardships for an employee. A work injury attorney can file a workers compensation claim and ensure that fair benefits are received.

    Common Workplace Head Injuries

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over three million workers suffered non-fatal head injuries while on the job in 2014. Work-related head injuries are among the most serious type of non-fatal injury that a person can sustain, because they often have the potential to lead to long-term physical, mental, and financial problems.  A variety of accidents can cause work-related head injuries:

    • Slip and Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents are consistently among the most common causes of serious work-related head injuries. There are often caused by liquid spills, cracked pavement, torn carpet, inadequate lighting, and snow and ice.
    • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Many employment positions require employees to drive motor vehicles as part of their daily duties. Truckers, delivery drivers and construction workers are especially vulnerable to accidents that can result in serious head injuries.
    • Defective Work Equipment – In many cases, work-related head injuries are caused by defective work tools and equipment used in the workplace. When such injuries occur, a work injury attorney can file a lawsuit against the equipment manufacturer, as well as the employer.
    • Explosions – Certain industries such as industrial manufacturing and construction often use materials that have the potential to explode under certain conditions. Flying debris and falls due to the impact of the blast often cause head injuries.

    Complications From Head Injuries

    Work-related head injuries can result in a variety of complications, their severity is proportionate to the severity of the accident. Some of the more common complications associated with severe head injuries include: headaches and dizziness; difficulty concentrating; sensitivity to light and sound; speech and vision impairments; balance problems; sleep disturbances; changes in behavior; depression; and seizures. Subdural hematomas, common in serious head injuries, result in bleeding between the brain and the inside of the skull. The increased accumulation of blood increases pressure on the brain and puts the injury victim at a higher risk of losing consciousness or death.

    Work-related head injuries are often serious or fatal. Many injured employees require physical or mental rehabilitation before returning to work. With severe injuries, months or years may pass before the injured employee is able to fully recover from his/her injuries, and some injuries result in partial or total permanent disability.

     

  • How Safe is Your Child’s Daycare?

    Thousands of children suffer injuries in daycare homes and facilities across the United States every year. Although some of these injuries are simple bumps, bruises or scrapes that require simple first aid or no follow-up care at all, others are so severe that victims require emergency medical intervention. In some situations, these young children lose their lives. To help protect children from the dangers that might be lurking in child care settings, parents and caregivers should familiarize themselves with common safety concerns and how to address them.

    Common Safety Concerns in Daycare Settings

    There are a number of factors that parents and caregivers should consider to help ensure that children are as safe as possible in their daycare setting. Some of the biggest concerns include:

    • Supervision: The lack of adequate supervision by competent adults can pose a significant threat to the safety of children. In Illinois, acceptable caregiver-to-child ratios are very specific. For children who are 14 months old or younger, for example, the ratio is one caregiver for every four children. As children grown older, the ratio changes and by the time a child reaches kindergarten age, a single provider can watch as many as 20 children. Even with ratio compliance, however, it is important to evaluate the interaction that staff members have with the children to ensure they are being adequately supervised.
    • Basic Medical Training: Accidents can and often do happen in daycare settings. When correct first aid and CPR techniques are not performed, however, these incidents can lead to serious consequences or even fatality. It is essential that caregivers are sufficiently trained to effectively respond when emergencies happen. Illinois requires that a caregiver who is certified in the Heimlich maneuver, first aid and CPR be present at all times. In facilities where infants and newborns are cared for, all staff members must be trained about Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and safe sleep recommendations. When evaluating a daycare facility, parents should request to view copies of certifications and additional training.
    • Medications and Chemicals: Accidental poisoning is one of the leading causes of serious injury and fatality among young children in the United States. Medications, cleaning supplies and other household chemicals should be kept in locked, childproof containers or cabinets. Additionally, when medications must be administered it is essential that caregivers have written authorization and instructions from a parent regarding proper dosage. Medications and other hazardous chemicals should always be stored in their original containers and away from food or drink products.
    • CPSC Hazards: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continuously tests products and recalls those that are found to be unsafe. Parents and caregivers alike should stay updated on product recalls and be sure these products are not being used. Additionally, the CPSC responds to customer complaints and even maintains a playground safety checklist to help ensure that children are safe in daycares, schools and at home. According to the CPSC, approximately two-thirds of licensed child care settings that were studied had at least one targeted hazard. In 1999, Illinois enacted the Children’s Product Safety Act (CPSA), which prohibits the use of recalled products in daycare facilities.
    • Background Checks: In Illinois, caregivers are subject to background checks to reveal any record of child abuse, neglect, or other criminal convictions. While this law is designed to ensure that children in daycare settings are not exposed to dangerous individuals, it is not bulletproof because not every incident leads to a conviction or even a report. Therefore parents should familiarize themselves with the signs of possible abuse or neglect and report any concerns to the authorities. Possible signs to watch for include unexplained or frequent injuries, a child’s fear of going to daycare, sudden aggression displayed by the child, and changes in toilet training habits.
    • Open Door Policy: Parents should be allowed, and even encouraged to observe their children’s daycare setting both before and after enrollment. Many modern daycare facilities even offer online, live access to a secure portal so they can observe their child throughout the day. When a provider is hesitant or refuses to allow a parent access to the daycare setting during operating hours, it should send a red flag to parents. During an observation of the home or facility, parents should be aware of the way staff members interact with children, discuss emergency plans and procedures, watch for signs of potential hazards, and ask lots of questions about disciplinary procedures, staff training, and any other concerns. Many parents may also find it comforting to speak with other children’s parents and ask for references from former clients.

    More than 500,000 Illinois children under five years old attend some type of daycare. It is hoped that by increasing public awareness about the common safety concerns encountered in daycare facilities, each and every one of these children will be safe from harm.

  • The Liability of “Good Samaritans” In Illinois

    Good samaritans are defined as individuals who render aid and assistance to individuals in the midst of emergency situations. Illinois law provides protections for individuals who offer this assistance, however, there are exceptions to the rule and not every action is protected under the law.

    Emergency Room Physicians

    The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that emergency physicians can be held liable for negligence if they are paid for their services by either the hospital or the patient. The law only shields volunteer physicians, nurses, and other licensed medical personnel only if they do not bill or receive payment of any kind for the services they provide to an injured person.

    Physicians can also be held liable if they initiate inappropriate actions while rendering emergency aid at the site of an accident or catastrophe. For example, a physician who reads an injured person’s medical alert bracelet indicating an allergy to aspirin prior to administering a dose of aspirin. Such blatant disregard for the person’s safety would disqualify them from protection under the Illinois Good Samaritan Act.

    Willful or Wanton Misconduct

    Willful and wanton misconduct on the part of volunteer medical personnel or private citizen rendering aid disqualifies the individual for protection under the Illinois Good Samaritan Act. For example, if a volunteer surgeon conducts a wrong-site surgery or if a volunteer nurse deliberately fails to properly clean a wound that then becomes infected.

    Another example of willful or wanton misconduct includes individuals who come across accidents and whose actions cause further injuries or the death of the victim. For example, if a passerby responding to an accident was smoking a cigarette even as the smell of spilled fuel permeated the air. Should that cigarette ignite the fuel and the ensuing fire burn the injured party, the “volunteer” could be held liable for their negligence.

    Write Off’s & Unpaid Bills

    A physician cannot utilize the good samaritan defense even if the patient has failed to pay their medical bill. The fact that the physician’s office sent the bill in the first place shows that their services were contracted and not volunteered. The same is true if the physician offers the patient a discount for services, or if the physician’s office writes the medical bills off as uncollectible.

    Individuals injured by “good samaritans” should speak with the best personal injury attorney to discuss the merits of their claim. The law allows injured parties to pursue compensation stemming from actions that did far more harm than good.

     

  • Playing it Safe at the Playground

    Every year, more than 200,000 children between the ages of 1 and 14 are seen in emergency rooms due to playground injuries in the United States. Many of these injuries are life-altering or even deadly. To help ensure that kids stay safe at the playground, parents and caregivers should consider the following tips.

    Playground Supervision

    Adequate supervision is essential for preventing injuries at the playground. In fact, Safe Kids Worldwide reports that approximately 45 percent of serious playground injuries are associated with the lack of proper supervision. Children cannot always identify playground hazards or foresee dangerous situations by themselves, and some children tend to test their limits or show off their abilities by taking unsafe risks. Young children should always be supervised by a competent adult when playing at the playground.

    Play Equipment Inspection

    Parents and caregivers should always conduct a thorough inspection of all equipment before allowing their children to play. They should be on the lookout for broken or damaged parts, rusted areas, missing or loose guardrails, and older equipment with unsafe designs. Well-maintained, modern playground equipment is designed for safe play. Unfortunately, not all playgrounds are designed and maintained in the safest manner possible.

    Inspection of the Surrounding Area

    Areas underneath and surrounding play equipment should be inspected as well. Ground surfaces should be covered with a soft material like wood chips, mulch, or sand. They should also be free from trash, excessive toys, and other objects. Additionally, parents should make children aware of tree stumps, rocks, or other hazards that might hinder safe play.

    Dressing Appropriately for the Playground

    Parents and caregivers should ensure that their children wear appropriate clothing and shoes when headed to the playground to prevent injuries. Items such as drawstrings, scarves, purses, and necklaces can get caught on equipment and cause falls or strangulation. Additionally, dangling shoelaces, flip flops, and shoes with slick soles should be avoided.

    Setting Rules and Limitations

    It is essential for parents and caregivers to enforce safe playground rules to keep kids safe. Pushing, shoving, our crowding should be prohibited and children should avoid playing on equipment that is not age, size and ability appropriate.

    Being Prepared at the Playground

    It is a good idea for parents, caregivers, and older children to learn how to respond in the event of a playground emergency. They should also familiarize themselves with basic first aid and CPR just in case tragedy strikes.

     

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