Ah, summer! The season of sunshine, barbecues, and outdoor fun. They are especially welcome after a long winter (typical in the states we serve, including Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming). But as enjoyable as this time of year can be, it’s essential to be aware of some common summer accidents that can put a damper on your good times. Don’t worry! With some knowledge and some simple precautions, you can avoid these mishaps and fully enjoy everything that summer offers.
There’s nothing quite like a backyard barbecue, but grills can be more dangerous than you think. To prevent burns and fire hazards, follow these safety tips:
- Always grill in an open area, away from buildings and overhangs.
- For charcoal grills, never add lighter fluid after the fire has been lit.
- Keep the grease pan clean to avoid flare-ups.
Insect Bites and Stings
Insects like mosquitoes and ticks are part and parcel of summertime, but their bites can cause allergic reactions and transmit diseases. To keep those pesky critters at bay, try these tips:
- Use insect repellent, either chemical or natural alternatives like EcoSmart.
- Create a tick barrier with a three-foot layer of wood chips between your yard and the woods.
- Eliminate standing water in your yard and gutters to prevent mosquito breeding.
Fireworks are a summer staple, but they can be incredibly dangerous. To enjoy a safe and dazzling display, keep these guidelines in mind:
- Monitor children closely when using sparklers, which can cause more injuries than rockets.
- Never relight a dud firework. Please wait 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby in emergencies.
Sunburn and Heatstroke
The sun’s rays are at their strongest during summer, making sunburn and heatstroke real concerns. Protect yourself with these tips:
- Wear sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply frequently.
- Stay in the shade during peak sun hours (10 am to 4 pm).
- Wear light, breathable clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
Drowning and Water-Related Accidents
Water safety is paramount whether you’re at the pool, lake, or beach. Follow these precautions to avoid accidents:
- Never swim alone and always have a designated watcher for children.
- Wear life jackets when boating or engaging in water sports.
- Learn basic water rescue skills and CPR.
Bicycle and Skateboard Accidents
Biking and skateboarding are popular summer activities, but they come with risks. To prevent injuries, consider these safety measures:
- Always wear a helmet and appropriate protective gear.
- Ride and skate in designated areas, obeying traffic rules.
- Keep your equipment in good condition.
Dehydration and Food Poisoning
Staying hydrated and avoiding food poisoning is crucial during the hot summer months. Keep yourself healthy by:
- Drinking plenty of water, especially when engaging in physical activities.
- Handling food safely by washing hands, avoiding cross-contamination, and cooking to proper temperatures.
- Storing perishable food items in coolers or refrigerators.
Falls and Outdoor Injuries
Outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and yard work can lead to falls and injuries. Stay safe with these tips:
- Wear appropriate footwear for the terrain.
- Use caution when working with tools and equipment.
- Stay on marked trails and avoid unfamiliar areas.
Summer often means road trips and increased traffic, so keep these safe driving tips in mind:
- Regularly maintain your vehicle,
- Regularly maintain your vehicle, including checking tire pressure, oil levels, and brakes.
- Avoid distractions while driving, such as texting or using your phone.
- Stay alert and be prepared for unexpected road conditions or weather changes.
Let’s Keep Safe
Taking a few simple precautions can prevent these common summer accidents and fully enjoy everything the season offers. Page Insurance is committed to keeping our clients safe and informed so you can make the most of your summer fun. Here’s to a safe, healthy, and unforgettable summer!
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