Summer is finally here. With it comes time with family and friends and more recreational activities. But summertime also poses some dangers, and no one wants to get hurt or have a loved one injured. Here are some of the most common hazards you might encounter during the summer months and a few tips for avoiding accidents and injuries.
Swimming Pool Accidents
One of the best ways to beat the heat is to jump into the swimming pool. If you’re planning on going swimming, you should know how to stay safe.
An overwhelming number of injuries take place when swimmers make the mistake of diving into the shallow end of the pool. Always look for depth signs before jumping or diving into the water. Pool surfaces are also slippery, so walk slowly on a deck and never run, even when you think the surface is dry.
When children are present, use extra caution. Even children who know how to swim may not know their limits. Always have an adult supervise children around a pool.
While we’re discussing water activities, boating is another popular one – especially in our area. This accounts for the rise in boating accidents during the summer months. These tragedies occur due to operator inattention, hazardous conditions, mechanical failure, and speeding.
Boat operators should have training on the safe operation of watercraft, and every vessel should be outfitted with USGC-approved life jackets and safety gear. Always check the weather forecast before heading out on the water and never mix alcohol with boating.
There is a marked increase in traffic accidents during the summer months thanks to more local and out-of-town vacationers on the road. If someone isn’t familiar with the area, the chances that they are distracted could be higher. Young drivers out of school are also on the road in greater numbers.
The best way to avoid a traffic accident is to stay aware of your surroundings. Never drive distracted and remain ready to avoid someone who isn’t using the right amount of caution.
Biking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but it’s also dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that roughly 800 people lose their lives in bicycle accidents annually.
Bicyclists can protect themselves by paying close attention to what vehicles are doing. Also, be sure to wear bright clothing and the appropriate safety gear such as a helmet and padding.
Just about everyone loves dogs, but that doesn’t mean that Fido is always friendly. Unfortunately, dog attacks increase in the summer months because owners are more likely to take their pooch on long outings. In some cases, the heat can even agitate a dog in the same way it makes us irritable.
To avoid dog bite injuries, learn a bit about reading a dog’s body language. Some common signs of aggression are forward legs, stiff limbs, and visible teeth. Frightened dogs, which can also lash out, might push their ears back or tuck in their tail. If in doubt, keep your distance and communicate with the dog’s owner before approaching.
As the temperatures continue to climb in the South, a little knowledge can go a long way towards avoiding accidents. At MedTrust, we improve patient outcomes through mobile health care throughout South Carolina and North Florida. Our ambulance transport services are here when you need us 24/7/365. Contact us to learn more about our services or find out how you can join our team of high-performing EMTs.