Five Children Killed In Tragic Day Care Fire Accident
In the early hours of Sunday morning in Erie, Pennsylvania, a fire was reported at a local daycare center that would eventually take the lives of the five children in the building and that sent the owner to the hospital. The ages of the victims ranged from 8 months to 7 years.
The fire was first reported at approximately 1:15 AM, Sunday, and firefighters reported that fire was already funneling out of every first-floor window by the time they arrived. Currently, Erie fire officials are conducting an investigation into what may have caused the fire, however, investigators have been able to determine that the fire likely started in the living room area of the residence-turned-day care center.
According to local listings and advertisements, Harris Family Daycare catered to parents who worked overnight jobs or odd schedules, claiming they were “a 24 hour, 7 days a week childcare service including holidays.”
The Associated Press unveiled that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning had made several notes following a January 3, 2019 inspection that mentioned “ashes and cigarette or cigar butts” located in “a child care space, play space or food preparation area,” as well as another note stating “protective receptacle covers shall be placed in electrical outlets accessible to children 5 years of age or younger.” In response to the notes, the daycare center claimed to have fixed these issues.
How To Help Make Sure Your Child Is At A Safe Day Care
As parents, nothing can be more important than the safety of our children, especially when they’re in the care of someone else. Unfortunately, although accidents do often occur, that shouldn’t discourage you as a parent from doing everything possible to ensure that your children’s safety while at daycare.
Whether you’re a new parent looking for a new daycare for your child or if you want to make sure your child’s current daycare is safe, download and use this handy daycare safety checklist, courtesy of your personal injury lawyers at Moore Law Firm.
Here’s What You Should Do If Your Child Is Hurt At Daycare
As we have discussed previously, accidents to children are very common at daycares. As a parent, there are two steps you need to take immediately after your child is injured at a daycare center.
- Take Your Child To Be Examined By A Doctor: This sounds like a no-brainer but a lot of parents will insist that their child is just “fine” and that they may just be overreacting. DO NOT take the daycare employee’s word that your child is “fine” and always seek the opinion of a medical professional. With children, injuries are often extraordinarily more difficult to notice since they aren’t able to adequately describe their injuries; an examination by a medical doctor should always be taken after your child is injured, especially when you were not there to witness the injury.
- Speak To A Day Care Injury Lawyer As Soon As Possible: If your child was injured at a daycare, speaking to an experienced injury lawyer and receiving a consultation is often a smart idea to help plan out what legal options exist for you and your child. Even if you and your injury lawyer both agree to not pursue an injury claim, it’s always a best practice to have an experienced injury lawyer review your case and give you sound legal advice.
Call The McAllen Day Care Injury Lawyers At Moore Law Firm Today
If your child was injured at a daycare or while under the care of someone else, call the McAllen daycare injury lawyers at Moore Law Firm today for your private, free consultation at 1-888-444-2780 right now.