Summer Safety Tips to Prevent Personal Injuries
Summertime means relaxing with friends and loved ones while participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Picnics, days spent on the water or at the beach, camping and hiking, and fireworks are all popular ways in our area to get the most out of the summer season. Unfortunately, while warm weather hobbies and interests provide a fun way to spend a day or weekend, they can also result in an increase in accidents and injuries. Keep your gatherings safe and enjoyable for everyone involved this summer by following our simple summertime safety tips.
On the Water
Water related safety is a topic that comes up frequently in the summer. With the abundance of water sports in our area, such as swimming, boating, kayaking, tubing, and parasailing, there are some very real safety concerns that are worth repeating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accidental drowning is the fifth leading cause of injury death in the United States, while non-fatal drownings and other water related accidents result in serious injuries. Follow these simple tips to ensure your safety on the water:
- Learn to swim, and never go in the water without a buddy present.
- Wear an approved lifejacket for boating, jet skiing, and other water related activities.
- Do not use inflatables in the ocean.
- Never leave children unattended.
- Do not overindulge in alcohol, and be mindful of medications that could affect your judgement.
South Carolina parks and campgrounds provide an abundance of opportunities to enjoy a day or weekend getting close to nature, while fairs and festivals can be found nearly every weekend through the Palmetto State. While outdoor adventures and gathering are a great way to have fun, it is also important to be aware of the common ways accidents and injuries can occur in these situations. The National Safety Council recommends the following safety tips for your summer gatherings:
- Use caution when driving in traffic or through crowds at festivals and on gravel roads in parks. Go slow, and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Do not attempt to pet or catch wild animals, and be aware of creatures such as raccoons, bears, and alligators which may be lurking in or near campgrounds.
- Use extreme caution when it comes to campfires and fireworks. Avoid getting too close to fires or firework displays, always have a ready source of water standing by, use caution in avoiding overly dry areas, and keep matches, lighters, and firework out of the reach of children. In the event of an emergency, do not wait until it is too late to call the fire department to put out a fire.
Our Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here For You
If you or a loved one suffers an accidental injury, we may be able to help. In cases where injuries occur as the result of another’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced personal injury attorneys provide the legal representation you need to protect your rights and can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.