Many people love the advent of summer. For kids, it usually means a whole three months off to have fun and see new things. For adults, it can sometimes be the time of year when they decide to take their hard-earned vacations. However, people do experience certain types of accidents more often because of the activities they do during the hottest months of the year. The following are some of the most common.
While car accidents are common throughout the year, more teenagers are killed in auto collisions between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the year. This is likely because teens are impulsive and excitable, both of which are characteristics heightened by the symbolic freedom of the summer months. If you have a teen at home with a driver’s license, don’t let them carry their carefree summer attitude into the car. Make sure they understand safe driving rules, restrict them from carrying too many passengers in the car and limit their trips to only the essentials.
In the excitement of the summer, many people forget to take care of themselves. Whether they’re just enjoying hiking, soaking in the sunlight on a beach, or merely walking too much, if they don’t stay hydrated the sun could cause their bodies to overheat. Heatstroke is what happens when the body overheats, usually as the result of prolonged exposure or physical exertion in high temperatures. It also involves the body temperature rising to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, a dangerous level that could damage your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles. If you’re spending time outdoors, make sure to drink plenty of water, take breaks, and wear loose-fitting clothing to allow your body to cool down properly.
Summer is the hottest time of year, so many people try to escape the heat by going swimming, visiting a nearby lake or ocean, or visiting a water park. However, drowning is one of the leading causes of death of small children who are incapable of swimming by themselves. Boating accidents also spike during the summer. If you have children, make sure they are constantly supervised and are wearing life jackets while boating or swimming. Also, keep them from running near the pool and diving into shallow water.
If parents are working during the summer, a kid might be forced to take their bike around the neighborhood to get around. Bike accidents can be dangerous and occasionally deadly, especially if a car is involved. Kids should always wear helmets when riding bikes. Likewise, more people are riding motorcycles during the summer, when the weather is milder. Bikes are incredibly vulnerable to bad passenger car drivers. Make sure to wear protective gear and to stay vigilant on the road.
It’s incredibly easy for people to get sunburns. If they spend long days in the sun, the temperature and constant UV rays can cause burn injuries severe enough to need medical treatment. They also increase peoples’ risk of skin cancer. Make sure to wear adequate sunscreen and protective clothing. Whenever possible, spend time in the shade rather than in direct sunlight.
While many people are on vacation and taking the opportunity to try new foods, the summer months also increase their chance of getting food poisoning. Warmer weather combined with outside dining is the perfect recipe for bacterial growth. If you’re planning on having a picnic, make sure to store meat, fish, and poultry separately from fresh and nonperishable foods. All perishable items should be kept at appropriate temperatures, and if you cook the meat, always use a meat thermometer to determine whether the interior of the food is safe to eat. If you’re not sure whether or not your food has gone bad, don’t hesitate to throw it out.
Many kids are in daycare during the summer because they’re parents don’t get three months of vacation during this time of year. At daycare, it is easy for children to get into mishaps. Children rarely think about the dangers of what they do, which is why so many of them are injured on playground equipment. Make sure to send your children to a responsible daycare center with a vigilant staff. If you’re taking your kids to the park yourself, keep an eye on them and make sure the equipment is safe.
Summertime is the best time of year for bugs. As the weather warms, you might notice an increase in mosquito, fly, tick, and other insect activity. The presence of insects will increase your chance of experiencing bug bites, stings, and allergic reactions. Make sure to wear protective clothing outdoors, apply insect repellent, and keep an emergency allergy medication nearby in case you have an adverse response to a bug bite.
Fireworks injure thousands of individuals a year, about a quarter of which are under the age of 15. Illegal or defective fireworks can cause people to experience severe burns and can even blow off a finger or two if the user isn’t careful. Additionally, misuse of fireworks causes more than 15,000 fires every year. Use these celebratory devices safely, carefully, and responsibly, and always have a safety plan if the worst occurs.
Pets, especially outdoor pets, are just as vulnerable to the same dangers as humans. The uptick in insect activity, heat stroke, risk of getting hit by a car, or poisoning from bacterial growth are all possibilities your pet can experience. Never leave your pet without supervision, and make sure he or she has adequate and clean food, lots of fresh water, and good care.
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