Play it Safe this Summer
Summer is officially here. For Southerners, the workday pace slows as the temperature rises, and we look forward to spending long, hot summer days, enjoying good times with family and friends. The kids are out of school, families are getting ready for vacation, the pool is open and the beaches are crowded. Summertime brings some of our favorite activities, including swimming, boating, biking, fishing, and, of course, picnics. While accidents or injuries may be the last thing on your mind right now, the fact is summer tends to be one of the most dangerous times of the year. Unfortunately, injuries due to summer accidents make this the busiest time for hospital emergency rooms visits. To keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying all the season has to offer, check out our summertime safety tips.
Summer Safety Tips for Young People
For kids, summer is usually their favorite time of year, second only to Christmas. Little ones and teens are out of school, with lots of time to hang out with their friends and summer activities to keep them busy. While summer weather brings more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, it can also mean an increase in injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following tips to keep children and teens safe over summer:
- Water safety: Drowning accidents are a major summer hazard. At swimming pools, make sure a lifeguard is present. Always wear a life jacket when boating, as well as when swimming in lakes or rivers. Warn children and teens never to swim alone, and to tell an adult before entering the water.
- Pedestrian and bicycle safety: Make sure children and teens alike obey traffic signals and cross only at crosswalks. Keep children on bikes off busy streets, and make sure they wear a helmet.
- Playground safety: Falls are a leading cause of injuries in playgrounds, and cause serious, lasting damage. Make sure playground equipment is up to date and in good condition. Supervise young children at all times, and speak out to prevent playground bullying.
- Work safety: For teens with summer jobs, work-related injuries can be a big concern. Make sure your teen isn’t exposed to on-the-job hazards such as dehydration and heat stroke, as well as dangerous machinery or electrical equipment. Make your teens are aware of the dangers of slip and fall accidents while at work.
Summer Safety Tips For Adults
Adults look forward to summertime just as much as the youth, and are just as likely to suffer injuries related to popular summer activities. The National Safety Council recommends the following summer safety tips for adults:
- Water safety: Be careful of over consumption of alcohol when swimming or boating.
- Fireworks safety: Use extreme caution around fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious injuries, as well as present serious fire hazards. Whether you are doing a fireworks display or watching someone else’s, make sure not to get too close and remember: alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Pedestrian and car safety: Adults need to be careful on the roadways, too. The same rules apply to adults and kids when it comes to crosswalks. Be careful driving; increases in car accidents over summer threaten drivers and passengers of all ages.
Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys
Accidents happen, and when they do, Anastopoulo Law Firm is here to help. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys understand how even minor accidents can result in serious injuries and damages. We have offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, and fight to get our clients the compensation they deserve. In the event you suffer an accident or injury, call Akim Anastopoulo for a free review of your case.