Creating a Safer World for Our Children

 

Imported toxic toys remain for sale and Adult medications are too accessible in the home. Concussions in school and league sports go unchecked. Harmful pesticides are used on playgrounds. Manufacturers won’t add safety devices to equipment that is a danger to children. Working together, we can create a safer environment where our kids can live and play.

Protecting Children from Defective Toys and Products

Protecting Children Against Defective Toys and ProductsToxic toys. Lead-laced baby bibs. Poisoned pet food. Red lead in Chinese-made steel. Medication with the wrong dosage and ingredients. Every day the list of imported products that endanger families and workers in the United States grows. This year 25 million toys alone have been recalled. The new Consumer Product Safety Commission Act is the first major update of U.S. consumer product laws in nearly 20 years. It will help prevent dangerous products from reaching our shores in the future. However, we still have the challenge of getting rid of existing products that remain in toy boxes, on shelves, or in the community for years. To test your children’s toys for toxins, order your free Get the Lead Out Kit here.

Removing Pesticides from Parks and Playgrounds

Protecting our ChildrenThe Corson & Johnson Law Firm is working with the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides to support legislation to put children’s health first, by requiring the use of either non-toxic or least toxic products at schools, playgrounds, and parks. Currently, pesticides are used in many places where children go, like schools and playgrounds. Too often, parents and school officials assume that because a pesticide product is available, it must be safe. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded children may face pesticide exposures that exceed the agency’s level of concern following even a single use of certain chemicals, even though the applications were made according to label directions.

Reducing Risk of Sports-Related Concussions

Protecting our ChildrenThere are about 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries in our country each year. Student athletes are sometimes urged to get back into the game. Fortunately, that attitude is changing due to research that shows concussions–on all levels–can be extremely serious injuries. To learn more about the symptoms and prevention of sports-related brain injuries please read through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Athlete Fact Sheet, Parent’s Fact Sheet, and Coach’s Guide.

Second Impact Syndrome

Second impact syndrome (SIS) occurs when a person sustains a repeat head injury-often starting with a concussion or similarly dangerous injury. Typically, an athlete suffers post concussion signs and symptoms after the first head injury. These may include headaches; visual, motor, or sensory changes; and difficulties with thinking and memory. Before these symptoms have cleared, which often takes anywhere from minutes to weeks, the athlete returns to competition and receives a second blow to the head. The second blow can mean serious brain damage for the athlete.