Hosto, Michael
August 2005
Fire Chief;Aug2005, Vol. 49 Issue 8, p98
Trade Publication
The article discusses some protective measures which should be applied by firefighters while handling with children. As most experienced fire professionals know, children frequently stray onto fire scenes after a fire. Often, what draws these children is the presence of danger and intrigue. As public safety professionals, firefighters and police officers should have a duty to inform fire victims, who may be distraught, of their obligation to protect the public in general, especially children. This protection includes taking reasonable precautions to prevent injury or death from an attractive nuisance. There's normally no particular standard of care required of property owners to safeguard trespassers from harm, but an attractive nuisance is an exception. Very young children are far from being the only ones protected by the law. As with many legal issues, the rules are rarely black and white. INSET: TYPICAL ATTRACTIVE NUISANCES.


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