Safety Tips to Avoid Personal Injuries

Accident and Injury Prevention

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano is a South Florida-based personal injury law firm with a commitment to honesty, integrity, and professionalism.  Our attorneys and staff have pledged to dedicate themselves to promoting community service and to using all of our legal skills in order to achieve the best possible resolution to our clients' legal claims.

Throughout the decades of our law practice, we have learned significant information about how serious injuries happen.  Our usual role as personal injury attorney arises after the injury has occurred, acting on behalf of our clients to get compensation for medical treatment and pain and suffering due to the negligence or recklessness of another person.  However, we view our role in the community as larger than that – we would like to contribute to public safety by providing safety tips and other information that may help families prevent avoidable accidents and injuries.

Fire Hazards

Accidents can occur in many different situations.  Inside the home, there are many things that can be done to prevent injury.  Fires pose a threat to everyone, but can be avoided if some basic safety measures are implemented and followed:

·         Make sure to store flammable items such as papers, linens, and plastic away from any sources of heat or open flames;

·         Do not store gasoline, propane, or other highly flammable liquids inside the home and store it outside in an approved container;

·         Be careful with the disposal of cigarettes or other smoking materials;

·         Do not leave open flames such as candles, stove burners, or barbecue grills unattended;

·         Schedule yearly maintenance and cleaning for any heating units, fireplaces, chimneys, and other output pipes (including dryer lint vent lines); and

·         Ensure that all electrical outlets are not over-used and all power cords are intact, without any significant wear and tear.

·         Have a safety plan that everyone in the family is familiar with.  The plan should include the best routes to escape the house during a fire and a pre-determined place to meet outside the house to insure everyone is safe.

·         Never put water on a grease fire, it only makes it worse.

·         In case of a fire or heavy smoke, move staying as close to the floor as possible.

Securing the Home

Home security also is a big concern for people who live in Florida.  There are some simple steps to make sure that your family remains safe: 

·         Make certain that all door hinges are on the inside. They will make it harder for illegal entry and ensure that window locks are functional will keep your home secure; (Front doors in Florida, under the new building code, open outward.  There are special hinges which prevent tampering.

·         Employ deadbolts on all outside doors;

·         Change all outside light bulbs and install motion detectors to respond to any outside movement during the night;

·         Implement some sort of home security system, whether that be getting a watch dog that will alert the homeowners to potential dangers or installing a high-tech alarm system; and

·         Get to know your neighbors – a neighbor can see threats that you miss and can keep an eye on your home when you are not there. 

·         Do not block the view from the street to your home with landscaping or other things,

Children in the Home

Children can get hurt in many different ways.  Most parents know that an environment that looks completely safe can hold untold dangers for young children.  Although it is practically impossible to completely safeguard your children, there are some things that can be done, including:

·         Limit access to the pool through fences and self-locking gates.  When children are using the pool area, make sure that there are always adults present to supervise.  Maintain the pool area so that it is clear of debris and other objects that could interfere with pool safety. Buy and keep a buoy and a pole with a hook near the pool should someone need assistance.

·         Keep all household chemicals and other dangerous substances, such as plant pesticides, in a secure location.

·         Maintain in good repair all stairs and railings, making certain that they are secure and there are no exposed nails or other sharp objects.

·         Secure all cabinets, drawers, and internal doors that a young child may access.

Work Accidents

Many personal injury claims arise out of a workplace accident.  Although there are times when a potentially dangerous situation cannot be avoided, taking some basic precautions can ensure a safe work experience.

·         If activities that contain an innate risk of injury are required, such as climbing a ladder, using heavy machinery, and lifting heavy objects, make sure that you do not engage in these activities without someone else present.

·         Follow the recommended policies and techniques when engaging in physical activities, e.g. using tools in the prescribed manner and lifting from the knees.

·         Wear appropriate clothing, safety gear and footwear (sturdy, work shoes).

·         Make sure that the equipment at work is the best available for health and welfare and if you see that the condition of the equipment is not in good condition report it immediately.

Although these are very basic tips to follow to improve the safety and wellbeing of you and your family, the best recommendations often are the simplest.  In each of the environments in which you find yourself during different parts of your life, do a safety review.  Look around, think about possible hazards, and act to correct the problems.  However, if something does happen, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights.

If you have questions about a specific legal claim, please contact the experienced South Florida personal injury law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, and P.A. to schedule a free consultation by submitting a contact form through our website or calling us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400.  We have offices in Miami, Palm Beach, Weston/Broward County, Orlando, and Pensacola and look forward to speaking with you.