Archive for June, 2015

Kansas City Parents: How to be Keep Your Children Safe and Cool this Summer

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

With the summer heating cranking up, many Kansas City families are looking for ways to keep their cool. One beat the heat solution many families elect is to take a dip at a community or friend’s swimming pool. Swimming pools are not only a great way to find some relief from the summer heat, but they can also provide a day of entertainment for parents and kids. However, if you decide to take your children to visit a “watering hole”—you must be smart. While swimming pools can be a fun way to escape the heat, they can be dangerous if the correct precautions are not taken. So before you let your child jump in, make sure you follow these pool safety tips:

  • Children require adult supervision: Whether it is a public pool with lifeguards on staff, or you are at a friend’s private pool that does not have lifeguards—one thing remains the same. Children in a swimming pool require constant adult supervision. While lifeguards are a great safety measure, as a parent you need to be responsible for your children. Public pools can be extremely chaotic in the summer, which can prove to be a challenge for even an experienced lifeguard. If at friend’s pool, always make sure that there is at least one adult at all times who is designed to watch the children in the pool. This adult should have his or her eyes on the pool at all times, since drowning can happen very quickly and very quietly.
  • Make sure safety equipment is within reach: If a child does become in trouble, it is important to have the proper safety equipment close at hand. Items like a pole with a life hook and floatation devices, can make a difference between life and death. Also have a cell phone near where your children are swimming in the event you need to call 911.
  • Know your child’s capabilities in the water: Drowning is a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. Therefore, it is critical that an adult always be within arm’s reach of a young child who is not able to swim. Swimming lessons are a great way to reduce a young child’s risk of drowning. However, very young children cannot appreciate the inherent risk of the water or drowning.
  • Select your child’s swim devices carefully: Not all flotation devices are created equally. Items such as “pool noodles”, “water wings” and rubber inner tubes are toys are not approved floatation devices. If your child cannot swim he or she needs a properly fitting life jacket.
  • Learn CPR: A parent’s first priority is to take the necessary steps to prevent an accident. However, unfortunately as a parent, you never know when an accident involving your child could happen. Therefore, a parent must also know what to do or who to call in case of an accident. A smart thing any parent can and should do, is try to find the time to take a licensed CPR class. Being able to perform CPR until paramedics arrive can improve outcomes for a drowning victim.

If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, it is important that you seek the advice of a seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorney right away. Only a skilled Kansas City Injury Personal Injury Attorney can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the proper compensation for your injuries. The injury attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri. Our aggressive and experienced team of injury attorneys will make sure that justice is served. Contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation with one of our Injury Attorneys.

Tips to Keep Everyone Safe around your Kansas City Summer BBQ

Monday, June 8th, 2015

While the saying, “[i]f you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”, is not really about cooking—it is a true statement for many home cooks. As the temperature rises in the summer, smart cooks tend to move the meal preparation out of the kitchen and to the great outdoors. Barbequing is a great way not only to get dinner made, but also allows for the whole family to spend some quality time together outdoors. While grills are usually safe, they can pose two big accident risks—home fires and serious burns. So before you fire up the barbeque, take a moment to review these important safety tips:

  • Use only outside: Regardless of whether you are using a charcoal or propane gas grill—you want to place your grill outside, in an area that is well ventilated. Never use a grill indoors. Improper ventilation of a grill not only increases the chance of a fire, but makes it difficult for the deadly odorless and colorless gas, carbon monoxide to accumulate.
  • Allow for adequate space: Since flare-ups can and do happen, you want to keep your grill in a space that is good distance away from anything that is flammable. This includes your home, garage, deck, patio umbrella, and anything low like hanging plants, decorative lights, or tree branches. A minimum of 10 feet is the recommended safe distance. It is also a good idea to position your grill so that it away from any backyard activities.
  • Be vigilant: You would not walk away from a hot pan sizzling on the stove. The same advice also holds true for the grill. Do not leave a grill unattended, especially if small children and/or pets are in the vicinity. A small fire can quickly turn into a blaze—so it is important to keep an eye on the grill at all times.
  • Keep it clean: After each and every use, make sure to use a grill tool to properly clean the grease and other debris off of your grill grates. Failure to do so can result in accumulated debris, which can start a dangerous grease fire.
  • Use the right tools: There is a good reason to use tools specially made for the grill. Grilling tools are made with long handles so that the grill master can keep his or her hands a safe distance from the hot coals or flames.
  • Keep a water bottle handy: Since a flare-up can be just a moment away, be prepared with a bottle of water. A few sprays of water can quickly put on a fire—without ruining your dinner. It is also good practice to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case matters do get out of control. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your fire extinguisher now—because it is too late when you actually need it.
  • Call 911: If your grill starts to burn out of control or sets a structure, like a house or garage, ablaze it is important to call 911 as soon as possible. A small fire can quickly turn destructive and even deadly. If in doubt, call the fire department.

If you or a family member was injured in an accident, it is important that you seek the advice of a seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorney. Only an experienced Kansas City Injury Attorney can properly review your case and determine if the wrongdoer can be held accountable. A Kansas City Injury will also be able to make sure that you receive the proper compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri. Our compassionate team of attorneys will work hard to make sure that justice is served. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.