The end of the school year is close. To many kids this means fun in the summer sun. And to Pennsylvania parents, it means finding safe, reliable childcare. Nearly 11 million children in the United States are in child care programs including child care centers, family child care home, and in-home child care. According to Child Care Aware, approximately two-thirds of the nation’s infants are in childcare. Anytime kids are involved, accidents are bound to happen. Their carefree, fearless naivety makes them accident prone. This means that daycares have an obligation to make sure facilities are safe for kids.
Common injuries at day-care centers are caused from unsafe bedding, dangerous playgrounds, safety gates not being used, blind cord loops are present, recalled products being used, food allergies, child abuse, and children injuring other kids. Sadly, there have also been many deaths that happen when children are in a day-care setting.
One of the biggest problems that cause so many of these injuries is that the regulation relating to health and safety of child-care facilities varies widely from state to state. And enforcement is just as varied. Staff at day-care should be certified in pediatric first aid before being hired. When an emergency happens, staff should be quick to respond with a regulated system of injury reporting. The faster that an emergency or injury is reported, the faster medical help can be given to the child.
Falls are a significant cause of injuries to a child at day-care centers. Infants and toddlers can fall out of cribs and swings; children can fall down stairs, trip over toys, or fall off playgrounds. To prevent these types of injuries, day-care centers should make sure that infants and toddlers are always supervised, especially while napping to help reduce the risk of falls and SIDS. Baby gates should be installed around stairwells. While children are playing outside, they should always be vigilantly supervised.
If a child does get seriously injured from a fall, it could result in a bruise, sprain, broken bone, head or brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or even paralysis. According to accident lawyer, Joel Kofsky, “Under the law of premises liability, business owners and property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises safe for clients, customers, and pedestrians. If these owners do not maintain their premises reasonably safe for visitors, they are legally responsible for anything that happens to visitors while they are on the premises, including slip and fall accidents.”