Monday, February 16, 2015

Trampoline & Bounce House Dangers

For generations, trampolines have been giving children entertainment. Although bouncing in the backyard on a trampoline might be fun, it can also be very dangerous. Not using a trampoline correctly or falling off can result in serious neck and head injuries, like full or partial paralysis.

Due to the high risk of injury, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that trampolines should not be used in a home setting or in outdoor playgrounds but only in a supervised training program such as gymnastics or diving. According to a report by CBS News, trampoline injuries result in nearly 100,000 emergency room visits each year. The majority of these visits (over 80%) are for children under the age of 15.

Here are a few trampoline safety tips:

Always use safety nets
Cover the trampoline’s springs and hooks with padding
Place the trampoline on level ground
Always supervise young children using the trampoline
Allow only one person at a time to use the trampoline

Another popular but dangerous entertainment item is bounce houses. Lately, bounce houses have been acquiring unfavorable media attention due to an increase in injuries. According to a study published in December 2012 in an issue of Pediatrics, more than 30 children a day were treated in emergency rooms for bounce house related injuries in 2010.

The majority of bounce house injuries happen when children collide with each other. But injuries are also experienced as a result of a structure collapsing when there are too many children inside or the structure gets toppled over by wind. The most common injuries are head and neck injuries (19%), strains or sprains (27%), and fractures (28%).

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Child Pool Drowning Prevention

In the United States, the leading cause of death among children aged 1-4 years is drowning. For children ages 5-14, it is the second leading cause of death behind automobile accidents. Florida ranks as one of the highest states with these incidents. It’s important that parents take extra precaution so their child can avoid becoming a victim.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), made a few recommendations for pool owners and parents in their Pool Safety campaign in 2014:

- Always make sure pools are fenced
- Stay alert and keep a watchful eye on children
- Never leave children unattended, even for a short period of time
- Appoint a responsible adult to supervise children
- Learn CPR
- Learn how to swim
- Teach your child how to swim
- Keep children away from drains and pipes
- Check to make sure the pool contains drain covers that are in compliance with federally regulated safety standards

Among the groups at most risk for drowning are African-American children aged 5-19. According to data from the USA Swimming foundation, 7 in 10 African-American children cannot swim. Sixty percent of Hispanic children and forty percent of white children in the U.S. also do not know how to swim. The fact of the matter is, if children don’t know how to swim, they have a higher risk of drowning.  Low-cost swimming lessons exist, and are available to children throughout many municipalities in Florida and the U.S. through parks and recreation departments.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ty Lawson Arrested: DUI Suspicion

Early Friday morning, the Denver Police confirmed that Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to the probable cause document, Lawson was traveling at a speed of 60mph in a zone where the posted speed limit is 35mph.

At 1:19am, the Denver police made the arrest with Lawson telling police he had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. Police said that Lawson’s breath had a strong odor of alcohol; he had bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech.

When police conducted a field sobriety test, Lawson performed unsatisfactorily. After being arrested, he refused a chemical test. Per his request, the Denver Nuggets point guard was later jailed without valid identification.  On Friday, the Nuggets issued a statement stating that they were aware of Lawson’s situation but due to team policy and respect for the legal process, had no further comments at the moment.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

DUI Charges for Driver that Rear-Ended JLo

Back in September, Jennifer Lopez and her friend Leah Remini were involved in a hit-and-run accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California while riding around in Lopez’s Rolls Royce. John Reitz, the driver at fault, fled the scene after rear-ending them but was eventually found a short distance away by deputies. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Reitz was driving with a blood alcohol content of .15, nearly twice the legal limit. Now, Reitz is being charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI for the September incident. If convicted, Reitz is facing 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. At the time of the incident, two children were also in the vehicle but no injuries were reported for anyone.

Hitting someone and fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal in every state. If the victim is injured or killed, the hit-and-run can become a felony offense. In California, even if no injuries occurred, a hit-and-run is still a misdemeanor offense as long as property was damaged. If Reitz ends up agreeing to a plea bargain, it is likely that the prosecutor will drop one of the DUI charges in exchange for a guilty plea of the remaining charge.

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