Keep your little goblins and yourself safe this year!
It’s fall, ya’ll, on the Middle Peninsula—a beautiful time of year. The leaves are changing, and there’s a chill in the air.
It’s also the time when the line between “fright” and “fun” can get blurred. Yes, Halloween is right around the corner, and visions of candy corn, caramel apples, and jack-o-lanterns are dancing in our children’s heads.
The most precious cargo you will ever carry in your car is a child.
My wife and I have (thankfully) just finished the car seat and booster stage with our twins, but we know how much work it is. We’ve written several blogs in the past encouraging parents to ensure their car seats are in good working order, because when used correctly, child safety restraints reduce the risk of injuries to children by 70 to 80 percent.
It’s a great but dangerous time to be a kid. With school, more children are out and about—walking, skateboarding, riding bikes, and crossing streets. Unfortunately, when children do these things, they have a greater risk of being injured or killed by drivers.
This is a real concern in Virginia: we had the third-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities for children (age 19 and under) in the United States in 2015! All drivers need to be reminded that more children are out during the summer, and to SLOW DOWN and PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONE.
If you’re like most parents (including us!), you always worry a little when you’re separated from your children. For many of us, letting go of our child’s hand and watching him or her board a school bus for the first time is a moment you remember.
“We’re just going around the corner.” “We’ll be right back.” “We’re almost home.” These are just a few of the reasons people use for not buckling children into car seats—or buckling their own seat belts.
A Pennsylvania mother is thankful she didn’t make any of those excuses when she picked up her children—a 6-week-old and a 3-year-old—from preschool.
The waning days of summer are here, and soon Virginia’s air will turn a bit cooler. We all know what that means—time for the kids to go back to school!
If you have children (like we do), it’s up to you to get them ready. This means buying new school uniforms or clothes, plus other supplies like backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, and the list seems to go on and on!
But what a lot of parents don’t think about supplying their children with is knowledge about safety when traveling to and from school. We hope these checklists will help you help them learn more!
Helpful tips to keep your children safer this summer while still having fun
It’s popular now on social media to miss the 1970s (or further back) when many children (including us!) ran wild all summer long. It’s true that, back then, we didn’t wear helmets or seat belts, and we had less adult supervision.
We all want our children to have fun at Halloween, but also to stay safe. Here are eight quick tips to help you do both this year:
The most common mistakes in using car safety restraints for babies and children seem to come from a lack of awareness. For example, the experts say children of all ages are safest when properly restrained in the back seat. Yet many drivers believe it is safe for children to sit in the front seat in front of a passenger air bag.
In previous blogs, I’ve talked about the importance of getting your car seat installation and usage checked out by an expert – either here in Gloucester or in another location convenient to you. For other inspection sites, click here.
Before my twins were born, I started researching car seats. After hours of reading articles and reviews, I felt even more confused. Fortunately, we all have access to “the experts.”
While every infant seat/car seat/booster is required by law to meet safety requirements, some are easier to use. That’s important because the biggest barrier to child safety is we parents and caregivers not installing or using child safety restraints correctly.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.