September is Baby Safety Month

file000118360846The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) sponsors Baby Safety Month each September. The focus of this month is to increase consumer awareness of safety issues for infants as well as educate regarding safe selection and use of infant products. In particular, this year the JPMA is focusing on education about the importance of properly using straps on juvenile products.

Fall-related injuries are common in young children. In fact, falls are the top cause of non-fatal child injuries.

The best way to prevent these injuries is through direct supervision. Safety belts, straps, and other devices provided for child safety should be also be used, but it’s important to use them correctly. These child safety devices can reduce the risk of infant falls and other child injuries.

Car seats:

  • The infant’s body should not be pushed into an unnatural position by straps.
  • Ensure that chest clips and shoulder straps fit snugly, according to manufacturer instructions.

Strollers:

  • Always use provided straps, even for short walks.
  • Safety harness straps prevent children from falling and provide protection in case the stroller tips over.
  • Use all child safety straps, not just lap or shoulder straps.
  • Do not leave a child unattended in a stroller.
  • Follow all manufacturer instructions for safe use.

High Chairs:

  • Do not allow your child to stand in the high chair.
  • Ensure that straps are snug and secure.
  • Use safety straps whenever using the high chair.

 Changing Table:

  • Buckle the infant into the changing pad according to manufacturer directions.
  • Keep supplies in reach and always keep one hand on the infant in addition to using safety straps.

If your infant has been injured due to a defective product, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.

 

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