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Summer comes with increased injury risks to your children

Warm weather and the end of school typically bring Virginia children outdoors in droves. Like most parents, you probably make sure that your home and your property is safe for your kids. However, your children will likely spend at least some time away from the house this summer. Public parks and pools as well as neighborhood homes attract children, but are these places as safe as you would like?

We know that losing a child does not bear thinking about, but as a responsible parent, you must consider the summertime hazards that may lay in wait for your children. Our attorneys are happy to offer the following list of potential hazards for parents to investigate before sending their children out the door for summer fun and games.

Water Sources: According to the Pool Safety Council, drowning holds second place among the top causes of accidental death in children ages 1 to 14. Make certain that the pools your children may frequent have adequate safety measures and constant supervision.

Playgrounds: Personal injury to children occurs at an alarming rate in public playgrounds. Take some time to visit the playgrounds in your area to ensure they are safe and well maintained.

Parks and Trails: Many children love to explore nature during the summer months. This is great for your child's health, but it is important to make sure these areas are safe. Debris, isolation and unsafe terrains are just three hazards present is many park areas.

We are parents, too, and we share your goal of keeping children safe. While a premises liability lawsuit can offer parents some relief if an accident does occur, it is always a better idea to avoid injuries altogether. Please visit our legal blog if you need more information about premises liability in Virginia.

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