According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 2 million people report summertime injuries each year.
While making time to get outside during the summer is a must, it is important to be aware of the risks of injury so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
High temperatures during summer can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Signs include dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat and, in severe cases, loss of consciousness.
Every year, approximately 4,000 people accidentally drown in the United States. Swimming and diving also lead to near-drownings, sprains, dislocations and spinal cord injuries from diving in shallow water. Practicing proper swimming techniques, following water safety rules, checking water depth before diving and avoiding risky behaviors will help prevent these injuries.
Excessive sun exposure without proper protection can result in sunburns, ranging from mild discomfort to severe second-degree burns requiring medical attention. Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, using sunglasses and limiting sun exposure during peak hours.
Motor vehicle accidents
During the summer, people often go on vacations, which increases the risk of motor vehicle and bike accidents. These accidents can lead to fractures, head injuries and spinal cord injuries. To prevent injuries, wear protective gear if you are riding a motorcycle, follow traffic rules, stay alert and avoid impaired driving.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that over 4,000 people go to the emergency room each year because of a grill fire. When grilling, choose a safe location away from flammable materials, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operation and stay close to a hot grill at all times.
With the right precautions, you can enjoy the fun and excitement of summer while staying safe. Remember, safety should always be a top priority, regardless of the season.