Safety Tips for Preventing Summer Accidents and Injuries
The summer months are the perfect time for engaging in some of our favorite warm weather activities. Swimming and boating, picnics and get-togethers with friends, and attending local festivals and events can easily fill every weekend, but while taking advantage of all the season has to offer, it is important to keep safety in mind. Personal injuries and accidents occur frequently this time of year, and can quickly escalate to potentially life-threatening situations. The following highlights some of the common dangers and safety tips to help keep your and your loved ones safe.
Outsmarting Summer Dangers
To outsmart summer dangers and to prevent personal injuries, the National Safety Council (NSC) advises being aware of the risks involved in certain types of summer activities. Slip and fall injuries, being struck by or against objects, and pedestrian or motor vehicle accidents are common and can occur anywhere. When attending picnics, festivals, concerts, or other outdoor events, keep in mind the following:
- The Florida sun and humidity increase the risk for heat related illnesses. Wear sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat when outside, and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Summer vacation means an increase in tourism, so prepare for crowds wherever you go. Watch for traffic and seek out shaded areas, stay close to exits, restrooms, and refreshments, and leave at the first sign of an altercation.
- The Fourth of July is one of the biggest events of the summer, but it is also the day on which most accidents and injuries occur. In addition to accidents caused by distracted drivers, be aware of the risks for fires and burn injuries. Be particularly cautious at home fireworks displays, where there is a greater tendency to overlook safety precautions.
Additional dangers encountered during the summer months include food borne illness due to improper food handling or storage, burns due to unattended grills and fire pits, and accidental drowning deaths.
Water Safety Tips
Water safety is an issue year-round in Florida, but particularly so during the summer months. Be sure and follow these water safety tips:
- The NSC warns that children are most at risk for drowning accidents, with one out of every five victims being under the age of 14. If you have a pool, make sure it is fenced in and never leave children to swim unattended.
- Even adults should always have a buddy with them when swimming or engaging in water activities, and should be particularly cautious of over indulging in alcohol.
- When participating in any type of boating, always make sure to wear a life vest. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advises that the Sunshine State is the national leader in the number of boating fatalities that occur each year, with the majority attributed to drowning deaths.
If you are involved in an accident or altercation, call or contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online to request a free consultation. We know that injuries often occur due to the negligent actions of others, and our West Palm Beach personal injury attorney can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover.