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Month: September 2017

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A Duty for Every Parent

There is no way around it. Fire safety is a key element for people of every age. However, there is a special vulnerability for children due to fire. Blazes kill hundreds of Americans each year, with higher proportions for children.

These fires can strike anywhere– including in the home, at school or work, or on the open road. Each is their own challenge that should come with the right warnings and discussions.

Ehline Law writes this column as a means to keep our children safe from the risks of fire. We use our dozens of years of legal and practical experience for parents everywhere.

Be Cool About Fire Safety

As Rich Evans said, “Be cool about fire safety.” There is little room for error when dealing with potential flame hazards. There are, however, several things that you can do to teach your children the basics of preventing fires and reacting to them.

  • Teach children the basics of the causes of fires. Keep them away from matches and lighters. They should understand the potential risk that each present. Furthermore, they should follow which materials are flammable and a potential hazard.
  • Stop, drop, and roll. This is a constant since your days in school. It’s the same as it was at the time.
  • What to do in a fire. Teach your children many of the basics, including to touch doors to see if they are hot, potential evacuation routes, and to stay close to the ground. Many fire deaths are not due to the fire itself, but rather suffocation.
  • Keep smoke alarms where they are needed. Don’t skimp on the number of smoke alarms around the house, especially around kids’ rooms.
  • Keep accessible fire extinguishers. Keep them in consistent places and teach kids how to use them if ever needed. Hopefully, that day will never come.
  • Booster Seats are Not Just for Small Kids

    One of the great misconceptions is that booster seats are just for little, little kids. Sure, they are vital for children under the age of four but many parents feel as thought they should be phased out after that.

    However, when parents do not follow the advice of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, state law, and car seat makers, there is a risk. All parents need to lower that risk as much as possible.

    That’s why we here at Ehline Law wrote this article. Our firm represented thousands of families through car accident issues. We know what it is like to deal with such issues and we stand firmly with you. We write this column to inform parents and prevent terrible tragedies.

    Making Sure to Choose the Right Seat

    It’s not always black and white. In fact, there are certain ages and weights where it is not so clear whether a kid should sit in a special booster seat. This is where the advice of experts comes in handy. In most cars, 4 feet 9 inches is the minimum height to start using the traditional three point belt. Using it when shorter causes potential injury, including decapitation. Even worse, in some cases where the wrong belt is worn, airbag damage is also possible.

    There are several options available. A seat belt positioner is one that allows for shorter people to use the regular belt. In other cases, a booster seat might still be needed. I’m not talking about the big one you lugged for your three years old. A smaller, NHTSA approved booster can ensure that your little one is tall enough to use the seat belt efficiently. Each one of these options ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. They might not be too thrilled with using a booster, but you’ll both be glad that you did.

    Using Your Car with Children

    A Different Experience for Parents

    Sometimes you don’t know just how much having kids will change your life until you do. Some of the changes are a bit more subtle. Some you don’t think about until after they happen. A good example is preparing a car for young ones. Often this is one of the last thoughts on your mind. Perhaps you picked out the first car seat you saw and called it a day. Sorry, new parent. It’s not that easy. There’s plenty of other things to consider.

    Ehline Law is proud to write this column to promote safety on the road. Our attorneys fought and won for thousands of clients harmed by car accidents. In particular, we go out of our way to help families with young people. We must prevent as many of these crashes as possible. Please help us get there.

    The Many Ways a Car Changes

    A car before and after parenthood might look the same from the outside. But the inside and how you drive it can change a lot. Gone are the old McDonald’s wrappers and grocery bags out of the back seat. Here comes the new child’s car seat. With all of the changes, there’s a couple of things you have to remember:

  • The right car seat means a lot. Not just any chair will do. Your child snowballs in the first several years of their life. Make sure that you have a seat that strikes a balance between comfortable and safe. Buying one approved by the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration is a very good start.
  • Engage child safety locks. It says it all.
  • Keep sharp and throwable objects out of their reach. They’ll get into anything, if you let them. Sometimes even if you hide things.
  • Don’t give small children food in the car. Make sure that they are used to eating outside of the vehicle, in case you cannot keep track of them. A bottle is a different story.
  • Safe travels!

    Keeping Your Family Safe with Your Choice of Car

    Safest Models for a Young Family

    You’re thinking about changing out your car to meet the needs of your expanding family. You need space and more. For a family car, you are likely looking for the safest possible vehicle for the value. Some of the safest cars on the market are also within reasonable price ranges. We’ve taken the trouble of finding some of the safest cars that are also values.

    Read on further and learn some of the ways to keep your family safe.

    Choosing the Right Vehicle

    It’s hard to choose just one vehicle, but you’ll only be driving one with your family. US News and World Report had an article about the safest midsized SUVs on the market today.

    Among the ones that might be within your price range, some may include the following.

  • The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular models on the road today. The 2017 model is very safe and is named one of the best all around vehicles. It is the number one best ranked SUV for both reliability and for safety. That’s really impressive. It comes with a number of features, including a forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and even more!
  • The Mazda CX-3 is one fo the safest models on the market– with an overall score of 9.7/10 from US News and a starting price under $20k.
  • The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has the same incredible safety rating as the Mazda above. The starting price is a little higher, but it comes with a rearview camera standard. It also has a variety of other potential features, including adaptive cruise control and lane change assist!
  • Take a look at these vehicles and more for a better idea of what might be appropriate in your situation.

    Keeping Safe with the Whole Crew in the Car

    Driving with the whole family is a real privilege. Sometimes all piling in on a Sunday afternoon is one of the best feelings. It’s a great bonding experience for everyone. It’s also a chance to catch up. Under these circumstances, we’re sure that you want to keep everyone as safe as possible. That’s why we went through some of the most common ways to keep your family safe when you’re all driving together. Keep reading for more info.

    This article series is brought to you by the Ehline Law Firm APLC, a leading advocate for road and car safety. Our firm’s fought and won for thousands of car accident victims and wants to make sure we prevent as many as possible.

    How To Keep Safe While Having Fun Driving?

    There is no one way to drive a car and there is no one way to be safe having everyone in the car with you. However, there are several ways that you and your family can be as safe as possible when traveling.

    • Make sure that you are prepared. Know where you are going, about how long it will take, and get everyone ready. Pack plenty of food and water. Books and tablets for the kids is a good step.
    • Safety first. Make sure that the tires are inflated and ready to go. Ensure that everyone is buckled in– no exceptions!
    • Stop when you have to. You’re with the family– there is no rush. Make sure that you stop when everyone needs to. This can include breaks to use the bathroom or to pick up food and drinks. Furthermore, it keeps everyone energized and staves away boredom. It’s amazing how much just getting out and stretching your legs can do on a long trip.

    These are just some of the ways to keep your family ready, fresh, and safe on a long trip. Do you have any you’d like to share?

    How to Travel With Kids– In Any Situation

    Car, Plane, Bus, or Anything Else?

    Sometimes traveling with young ones is something that a parent just dreads. They know how their kids are. They know how long the trip is going to take. Sometimes just thinking about it can be very stressful. However, with the right planning and foresight, it doesn’t have to be a chore. In many cases it can be a fun new family memory.

    The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorney, APLC presents you with several ways that you can ensure a safer, more fun experience with your family. We’re experts in road safety and want to use our experience to make yours a little less dangerous.

    How Can I Travel in Style and Safety?

    • Make sure that you are prepared. This can run the gamut from checking your passports, making sure there’s plenty to drink, and a full assortment of clothes. You don’t want to be headed back at the last minute to pick something up.
    • Safety first! Regardless of whether you are traveling in your car, on a plane, or elsewhere, you need to ensure your kids’ safety. Bring the appropriate seat or harness for the situation and their age. Furthermore, check to see if the restraint is rated for the particular travel.
    • Keep track of everything. Make sure that your kids know the type of travel you’re doing, the the time involved, and more. The last thing you want is a grouchy kid on your hands.
    • Stretch and keep busy. This is an important one for both you and your kids. Get up and stretch your legs every once in a while. Make sure that you have something to distract yourself. Don’t kid yourself about the length of the trip and the potential boredom factor. They all play together as major issues if not addressed.
    • With these and other common experiences, your trip should be a fun and memorable one!

      How to Use the Seat Belt Safety From an Early Age?

      “Tweens” Are No Exception to the Rule

      Seatbelt safety is extremely important, no matter what your age. However, there is a bit of a grey area in between the ages of 11-14. They’re too old for a booster seat, but many of them are too young or too small for the regular belt.

      In some cases, the three-point belt just doesn’t do the job necessary. All of these factors together mean that there are potential safety issues for parents’ consideration. Not all of them are easy, but some will dramatically increase the safety of their children.

      Read about this and more in our ongoing column series by the Ehline Law Firm APLC. Ehline Law is California’s leading car safety experts and advocates.

      To Belt or Not to Belt?

      A child should always wear their seatbelt. Which one they wear is another story. In some cases, young people should stay in the back seat until they turn 14 and are above 140 pounds. Being in the front seat without the proper ability could lead to severe injury. This could include malfunctions of the three point belt, as well as the airbag. Even a properly working airbag could severely injure or kill a young person in the wrong seat.

      As a matter of fact, this middle age group is of particular concern. 80% of all children killed in car crashes in 2012 were between the ages of 8 and 15. Almost half of these were not buckled. Over a third of the dead sat in the front seat– many of whom shouldn’t have. The parents need to know better.

      You know how kids can be around that age. Sometimes they may want to sit up front to prove that they can. In other cases, they don’t want to wear the belt at all. You have to make sure that they are taken care of and safe. Be firm if you have to be. There is too much as risk to simply let safety slide.

    How Can Child Seats Can Make a Difference on an Airplane?

    You might not think about it very often, but your child’s car safety seat is a bit of a wonder. It allows for small children to ride safely despite their small size. It also brings a firm harness and snug grip to prevent severe issues. There are a variety of potential solutions out there, if you are able to use them on your flight.

    Often it has to do with buying an extra ticket to fly, so in some cases your mileage may vary. However, these tips are meant to get you the safest possible flight experience.

    For this and more info, keep reading our column by the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. Our firm represents hundreds of car and flight accident victims. We constantly research the most effective ways to keep travelers safe.

    Car Seats vs. the Lap Belt?

    Many people with young kids elect to simply keep them on their lap. Sometimes it’s out of convenience. Sometimes it is because they cannot afford another seat. Regardless of the cause, it is not the safest option out there for parents. When flying with a young child, this should be strongly considered before buying the first ticket.

    The FAA does approve several car seats for flight uses. It is recommended that these children stay in these seats during the entire flight. If they’re under two years old, the FAA recommends they stay in a rear-facing seat. In some cases, this may include kids up to 3 or 4.

    Other flights offer FAA-approved harnesses for young kids to make sure that they are safe on the journey. Ensure that your car seat has the FAA approval sticker to make sure that they are ready for such a long flight. Each option is one that might keep your child safe in times of turbulence or engine trouble. Make sure you take the safest route– for their sakes.

    Are you really in good hands? Are you really in good hands? Are you really in good hands? Are you really in good hands?

    The Hidden Risk of Dry Drowning

    Dry drowning is not on most people’s lexicons. There is a firm image in your head when you consider drowning. Not so much for the risks after a person is pulled out of the water. There is still a substantial risk of severe injury or even death after being removed from a potential drowning situation. Consider the causes and effects of such issues and how you can prevent them.

    This article is brought to you by the Ehline Law Firm out of Los Angeles, CA. Ehline Law is a leading public safety advocate and a major force against drowning deaths.

    Dry Drowning and Traditional Water Risks

    Dry drowning is a bit of nebulous term. Perhaps the easiest way to explain it is the risk of death due to drowning after being removed from the water. Water left in the lungs or organ damage still poses a risk for the patient. Furthermore, this is especially the case for young people.

    Between one and two percent of all drowning deaths are caused by this condition. Dry drowning also affects the body after water enters it through the nose or mouth. This can cause the body to shut down to prevent further water from entering in. These effects and involuntary spasms can last for up to 24 hours.

    If your child shows the symptoms of dry drowning, get them to a doctor immediately. This can include coughing well beyond the initial incident or gasping for air. Some young people throw up or are dizzy. Each one is a potential danger that should be remedied as soon as possible. Don’t make unnecessary risks when such an event happens. Drowning in any form can be a major issue for people of all ages.

    For more info or to find out how to prevent other types of injuries, keep reading our column. We look forward to seeing you here!

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