Now that summer is in full swing, many Americans are taking advantage of the warmer weather and longer days to enjoy the beach, swim in pools, boat out at sea, or take a road trip. However, with an increased amount of activities results in a much higher degree of accidents and injuries. Once you are aware of the common dangers associated with summertime, you can avoid spending some time in the hospital.
The following are the most common summer accidents:
- Car accidents - Now that school’s out for the summer, more young people will occupy the roads at a greater rate throughout the day. Unfortunately, more teenagers die in car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day compared to any other time of the year. If you have a teenage child who is licensed, discuss the dangers of distracted driving and driving with too many passengers. Ensure they follow the rules of the road and limit trips to only important tasks.
- Boating accidents - Thousands of boating accidents occur every year in this country, resulting in nearly 1,000 deaths annually. Boating accidents are often caused by operator error, operator inexperience, intoxicated boating, and excessive speeds. Adults and children should wear life jackets, while operators should be well-versed in the laws and experience in operating a vessel.
- Swimming accidents - Adults and children often spend a lot of time near or in a swimming pool during the summer to beat the heat. All swimmers must be aware of the rules around the pool before jumping in. Adults should supervise any children that are with them at all times--even if they are experienced swimmers.
- Bike accidents - Whether you’re riding a motorcycle or a bicycle, bike accidents are typically severe and fatal in nature. Adults and children should always wear a helmet. In fact, wearing a helmet will reduce the chance of a head injury by 85 percent.
- Heat-related injuries - From sunburns to dehydration, being out in the sun for long periods of time can do a number on your body. The sun can cause burn injuries serious enough to require medical attention and increases the risk of skin cancer. Heatstroke is the most severe form of dehydration. Either wear sunscreen or protective clothing and always seek shade whenever you have the chance. Drink plenty of fluids and try to schedule the most vigorous outdoor activities during times when the heat isn’t as intense, such as early morning or late afternoon.