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8 Preventable Summertime Injuries

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on June 25, 2019

There’s no doubt people have more fun in the sun. Good weather conditions mean more people are outside, on vacation, playing sports, and enjoying other outdoor activities. Most people never consider all this fun might increase the risk of injury during the summer. Summer injuries are some of the most common, but also the most preventable. It is important to know the facts about summer injuries to help you and your family enjoy the safest summer yet. Here is a list of 8 preventable personal injuries that our Tampa personal injury attorneys see most commonly during the summer seasons.

Water Injuries

Summer is swimming season. This means that water injuries are specifically high in swimming pools. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children up to age 14. Drowning is the worst swimming injury and other injuries may include slip & falls, and broken bones. Some useful pool safety tips are as follows.

a. Never dive into shallow water or jump into lakes, rivers, where you can’t see the bottom.
b. Stop swimming during severe weather.
c. Do your best to avoid crowded swimming spots.
d. Avoid wearing headphones at the pool.

Water Sports Injuries

When individuals are in the water more, it is also likely that they are performing water sports more. Water sports may include boating, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, or any other form of motorized water sports. Cuts from boat propellers, strains, sprains, and orthopedic injuries are common. Dehydration is also common. Having extreme fun in the sun often makes individuals forget to drink water.

Playground Injuries

Playground injuries are more common when the weather is nice enough to play outside. Seven out of ten playground injuries occur due to faulty equipment. Playground equipment outside may also become severely hot and cause burns. Lastly many parents do not consider ground cover, but should always look for nails or broken equipment in the ground cover that may cause injuries if stepped on.

Motor-Vehicle Injuries

Boats and jet-skis aren’t the only motorized vehicles used more during the summer. People commonly use motorized vehicles such as ATV’s dirt bikes, and mopeds in the summer. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends not to drive ATVs on paved roads, specifically for passengers under the age of 16. The government also states that individuals should always wear a helmet.

Amusement Park Injuries

Some of the most exciting places to be in summer are amusement parks, but if you do not adhere to the rules of the rides, injury may occur. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions recommends the following.

a. Mind the posted height, weight, and health restrictions.
b. Read all safety rules.
c. Never dangle hands or feet outside of a ride.
d. Always remain seated during a ride.
e. Always use the proper straps, belts, and safety harnesses.
f. Secure all your belongings.

Weather-Related Injuries

Good weather means weather-related injuries. While sunburn may be at the top of the list, other potential injuries include heatstroke, bug bites, firework injuries, and food poisoning. Heatstroke and sunburn can occur by not applying sunscreen or drinking water. Even in somewhat cooler climates, always be sure to stay hydrated.

Trampoline Injuries

Trampolines are enjoyable for everyone, but pose a serious threat. Orthopedic surgeons report seeing one to three patients per week with trampoline injuries. These injuries include sprains and fractures, as well as bruises, bumps, and bloody noses.

Bicycle Injuries

If you are going to enjoy bike riding during the summer, the best thing you can do is wear a helmet. This reduces the chance of head injury by 85%, even when involved with a motor vehicle.