Summer is a time for fun, relaxation, and outdoor activities. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks that can accompany these enjoyable pastimes. From bounce houses and boating to ATVs and swimming, there are various activities that can lead to injuries if proper precautions aren’t taken. Additionally, safety hazards like slips and falls by the pool, uneven sidewalks, and distracted driving can occur in everyday situations. In this blog post, we will explore these summertime injury risks and provide practical tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer season.
Bounce House Injuries
Bounce houses provide endless entertainment for children, but they also come with inherent risks. To ensure the safety of your family this summer, always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for setup and usage. Be mindful of the weather conditions, as strong winds or thunderstorms can pose a threat. Establish rules inside the bounce house, such as no rough play or somersaults, to minimize the risk of collisions and falls. Adult supervision is important to monitor children’s activities and prevent accidents. By adhering to these precautions, you can make bounce houses a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Boating is a popular summer activity, but it’s crucial to prioritize safety on the water. Before setting sail, ensure that all passengers wear properly fitted life jackets. Familiarize yourself with local Utah boating regulations and navigate waterways responsibly. Avoid alcohol consumption while boating, as it impairs judgment and reaction time. Stay updated on weather forecasts and be aware of changing conditions that may affect water currents. Maintain a safe speed and be mindful of other boaters, swimmers, and obstacles in the water to avoid collisions. By following these guidelines, you can make boating a safe and enjoyable experience.
ATVs & Four Wheelers
ATVs offer thrilling adventures, but they also present risks if not operated safely. Always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, goggles, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Stick to designated ATV trails and avoid riding on paved roads or crowded areas. Do not exceed the vehicle’s passenger capacity, as it can affect balance and control. Never operate an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol. By following these precautions and using good judgment, you can minimize the risk of ATV accidents and ensure a safe experience for everyone involved. We want you to have fun and be safe.
Swimming and spending time by the water is synonymous with summer, and it’s crucial to be aware of potential dangers, especially drowning incidents. Property owners should take measures to ensure swimming pools are properly fenced and have self-latching gates to prevent unsupervised access. Installing pool alarms and using safety covers when the pool is not in use adds an extra layer of protection. Close supervision of children while they are in or near the water is paramount, and enrolling them in swimming lessons can improve their water skills. There are lots of things that can happen at the pool so even ensuring and teaching your kids about the dangers of drowning and what to look for as the signs means those who can swim can help those who cannot. The more eyes we have on each other in pools and water even at the lake or the river, can help prevent drowning incidents. By taking these precautions, tragic incidents can be prevented, and summer water activities can be enjoyed safely while you get the chance to cool down from the Utah heat.
Slips & Falls Near Water
Slip and fall accidents are common around pools, often caused by wet surfaces and improper footwear. To minimize the risk of slips and falls, ensure that the pool area is well-maintained and free of hazards like loose tiles or uneven surfaces. Place slip-resistant mats or rugs near the poolside to provide better traction. Encourage everyone to wear appropriate footwear, such as sandals or water shoes, when walking around the pool area. Furthermore, establish rules against running and horseplay to prevent accidents. By maintaining a safe and well-monitored pool environment, you can avoid unnecessary injuries.
Distracted or Tired Driving
Summer is a season of road trips, family vacations, and adventures. While enjoying the open road, it’s important to prioritize safety by avoiding distracted or tired driving. These dangerous behaviors can lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the 100 deadliest days of summer here in Utah, and that’s because so many unnecessary deaths happen on the road during the summer months. Here are some practical tips to help you stay alert and arrive safely this summer.
Common distractions include using your cell phone, eating or drinking, putting on make-up, adjusting the radio or navigation system, letting your dog in your lap while you drive, or engaging in intense conversations with passengers. To avoid distractions, designate a passenger as the navigator or use voice-activated features for phone calls and directions. Keep your phone out of reach or in silent mode to resist the temptation to check texts and messages or notifications while driving. Remember, even a momentary distraction can have severe consequences, so it’s essential to remain focused on the road and surrounding traffic.
Fatigue can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Long summer drives, especially in hot weather, can cause drowsiness and diminished alertness. Lack of sleep, extended travel times, and monotonous highways can contribute to driver fatigue. Signs of fatigue include yawning, difficulty keeping your eyes open, drifting out of your lane, or missing road signs. To combat fatigue, get a good night’s sleep before embarking on a long journey. Take regular breaks every few hours or when feeling drowsy. If possible, share the driving responsibilities with a well-rested companion. Avoid heavy meals and opt for light snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you feel too tired to drive, consider staying overnight or finding a safe location to rest.
Let’s Have a Safe Summer
Summer is such a fun and exciting time of year, and at Johnson Livingston, we want to ensure that you have the best (and safest) summer possible. So for the moments where things don’t go the way they’re supposed to, know you’re not alone, and that you don’t have to navigate the world of insurance and personal injury alone.
At Johnson Livingston, we take every case seriously, and we are here to fight for your rights and for what you need through your claim and your case. We do not get paid anything unless you win your case, and it’s important to us that you find the right attorney that fits your needs and puts your mind at ease. If you or someone you love was injured, book a free consultation or give us a call at 801-948-9670 and we will get your appointment scheduled.