Summer Safety Tips
Summertime usually involves driving, whether to a summer job or for entertainment. While no one plans to be in a crash, accidents do happen. In a 35 mph crash, the forces are similar to those resulting from jumping head first off a 3 story building for the driver and the front seat passenger. Rear seat passengers can be thrown with that same force against the front seat, causing serious injury and even death to both the passengers in the front and the back seats. That is why it is so important that all passengers in a motor vehicle buckle their seat belt and use the restraint system properly. Remember alcohol and driving don’t mix.
Water safety is another concern during the warm weather. Swimming, boating, jet skiing, and water skiing are some of the activities associated with summer, and pose special hazards.
- Never use alcohol while swimming, boating, or engaging in other water
- Think about how well you swim and how tired you are before entering the water.
- Check the water temperature, and avoid swimming or boating in high-running or swiftly moving waters.
- Wear a life jacket, especially when boating.
- Swim only at beaches that are monitored by a life guard, never swim alone, and stay close to the shore.
Bike, Scooter, Skateboard, and Inline Skating Safety
Everyone enjoys riding their bicycles, skateboards, inline skates, and scooters.
Every year, approximately 26,000 people are treated in hospital emergency departments for
skateboard related injuries, over 40,500 for scooter related injuries, 100,000 for inline skating injuries, and over 550,000 for bicycle injuries. No matter which of these forms of transportation is used, the single best protective measure is the use of an approved, properly fitting helmet. Knee, elbow, and wrist pads are also effective in preventing broken bones. Wearing clothing that can be seen, obeying traffic rules, and making sure the equipment is in good condition can further reduce the risk of injury.
With all your outdoor activities remember to wear proper clothing, Use sun screen and insect repellant to protect you from the sun and insect bites.