safety tips

How to Spot Unsafe Playground Equipment and What to Do About It

Safe playground equipment is ultimately the manufacturer’s responsibility, but diligence on the part of parents and supervisors can help protect children from hazards. Unsafe playground equipment is a more common occurrence than many parents realize, often due to manufacturer negligence in design or assembly. More than 200,000 children in the U.S. have to seek treatment for playground-related injuries every… read more

What is Dry (or Delayed) Drowning?

Most parents are aware of the risk of children drowning during water activities, but many have never heard of dry drowning. Dry drowning, or secondary/delayed drowning, is a frightening possibility for any child who has been in water recently. Dry drowning may sound like an oxymoron, but it happens much the same as typical drowning. When a child… read more

How to Respond to a Water Emergency

Tragedy struck the Murrieta Valley Unified School District last June when 13-year- old student Alex Pierce passed away after an end-of- year school swim party. Pierce’s parents filed a wrongful death claim with help from their legal representation at Panish, Shea & Boyle, LLP, against the school district in September. His death was preventable, as he was at… read more