Philadelphia Daycare Accident Lawyer
When parents send their kid to a daycare center, their main concern is the child's health and safety. While many child care centers provide safe environments for young children, the sad reality is that thousands of children in daycare centers are injured seriously enough to need treatment in hospital emergency rooms each year. Approximately 31,000 children under age 4 are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms for injuries sustained at child care settings. Tragically, some of these children die from their injuries.
In response to the statistics showing that the high percentage of children get injured in child care centers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently conducted a study to identify potential safety hazards and develop ways to minimize them. According to the study, the following is a list of the most common causes of injuries in child care settings:
8% of the child care settings had cribs that did not meet current safety standards. Older cribs can present many dangers to children, including strangulation and suffocation.
19% of the child care settings had cribs containing soft bedding. Soft bedding may present a suffocation hazard for infants.
Unsafe Playground Surfacing
24% of the child care settings did not have safe playground surfacing.
Poor Playground Maintenance
27% of the child care settings did not keep the playground surfacing well-maintained. Young children can be seriously hurt from falls on playgrounds.
Child Safety Gates Not Used
13% of the child care settings did not use child safety gates where necessary. Child safety gates can protect children from hazards, especially falls down stairs.
Window Blind Cord Loops Present
26% of the child care settings had loops on the window blind cords. Each month, about one child strangles in the loops of window blind cords.
Clothing with Drawstrings
38% of the child care settings had children wearing clothing with drawstrings at the neck. Drawstrings on clothing can catch on objects and strangle a child.