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Could Your Child's Classroom Pose Hidden Dangers?

San Diego schools should be safe places for children, particularly given the number of hours they spend in the classroom. Unfortunately, as San Diego child injury attorneys, we know that is not always the case. In fact, an estimated 25 percent of the unintentional injuries suffered by children occur in and around schools.

With this in mind, we recommend that parents check out their children’s classrooms for signs of hidden hazards. Below are a few issues to look out for:

  • Check furniture for structural stability and loose or protruding screws, nails, hinges, latches or other hardware. Sharp edges and corners should be sanded down.
  • Check windows for secure locks and broken glass and make sure all furniture, desks and toys are moved away from the window area. Because of potential cord dangers, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is urging teachers and child care professionals to use only cordless window products in the classroom. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s cordless products.
  • Bookshelves and chests should be securely bolted to walls so they will not topple over if a child tries to climb them
  • Radios, televisions and electrical or audiovisual appliances should be anchored on a shelf or table with the cord out of children's reach.
  • Toys and blocks should be regularly washed and disinfected, as well as inspected for broken or loose pieces.
  • Keep the floor clear of debris and check carpets for push pins, staples or other sharp items, which can cause injury.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets are securely covered.

Source: Window Covering Safety Council

If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, please contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.