Children have accidents. When they are learning a new skill, the potential for injury increases. As children, we all had our share of falls when learning to ride our first "two-wheeled" bicycle. When they are exposed to new situations, like going to school, children will undoubtedly bring home whatever sickness they encounter while there. Being at home also has the potential of injury. Pools and spas represent potential dangers to children if they are not enclosed, or protected, from the adventurous. Chemicals, prescription drugs, sharp objects, unsuitable and/or defective toys, trip and fall hazards, and improperly installed swing and gym sets all add to the statistics.
Kohl's Cares Grow Safe and Healthy Program, reported that more than 2,300 children were hospitalized in one year in the United States because of unintentional injury, with unintentional injury the leading cause of death in children.
"Children will soon be home celebrating the holidays with school vacations. They will be spending a lot more time at home and enjoying recreational activities. It is important to remember to keep Florida's children safe. We are presenting here some of the information programs offered by Southwest Florida's facilities and providing links for more information. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. wish everyone a safe holiday," said Attorney Randall Spivey.
The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, a part of the Lee Memorial Health System located at Health Park, as well as Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital (Hollywood, FL), and the University of Florida Health Shands Children's Hospital all have programs aimed at reducing the likelihood of child unintentional injury.
The Golisano Children's Hospital promotes children's safety/wellness through its Child Advocacy Program. Child Advocacy offers the following programs:
- Child Safety Seat Inspections
- Swim Safety
- Sun Safety
- Bicycle Helmet Safety
- Germaine - The Germ Thing - This was designed for kindergarten and first graders to emphasize the importance of preventing the spread of germs through proper hand washing.
- Parenting Classes - Free parenting classed for new parents on how to focus on their strengths and set appropriate expectations for their children.
- ASK - "Asking Saves Kids" - This national campaign "urges parents to ask their neighbors if they have a gun in the home before sending their children over to play." The program was developed by PAX/Real Solutions to Gun Violence in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
For more information on these programs go to Child Advocacy Program.
Through the Collier County Sheriff's Department website - Kids Zone, elementary, middle and high school students have age-appropriate video material they may access covering such topics as Back to School, Bicycle Safety, and Texting and Driving.
Archery programs covering safety, patience and discipline along with Teen Driving Challenge are offered by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Learn more by clicking on Youth Activities League.
"We all try to protect our children, but sometimes their accidents are the result of defective or improperly installed products. Should your child be injured as a result of a defect or dangerous installation, contact our Florida Defective Product attorneys," says Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Florida Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.