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Avoiding Dog Bites

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Thanks to Jeremy Thurman, an Oklahoma lawyer and fellow Injuryboard.com member , who posted a link to the CDC on avoiding dog bites.  It is unfortunate, but we see many cases of children being bit by dogs.  The CDC lists the following tips to pass on to your children when dealing with dogs. 

 

Preventing Dog Bites

Teach children basic safety around dogs and review regularly:

  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Do not run from a dog and scream.
  • Remain motionless (e.g., “be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., “be still like a log”).
  • Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
  • Immediately report stray dogs or dogs
    displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.