Ah, July! Summer is in full swing and there are many fun activities, hobbies, and events to enjoy. However, with the long, hot days of the summer months also come considerable opportunities for injuries to occur. While many people eagerly anticipate this time of year, make sure you’re taking the appropriate precautions to ensure your summer memories are the happiest they can be.
Summer Heat Safety Tips
We would be remiss if we didn’t dedicate a section of this blog to heat safety. In Georgia, especially, summer temperatures can easily reach upwards of 90°F. Here are some simple ways to protect against heatstroke and other heat-related injuries:
- Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to hydrate.
- Avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol when in the heat.
- Avoid energy drinks, as they can cause an increased heart rate, putting additional stress on your body in the heat.
- Stay in air-conditioned environments when possible.
- Consult your local weather reports regularly to stay informed about heatwaves
Firework Safety Tips
For many of us, the Fourth of July and its seasonal fireworks are one of the most enjoyable times of the year. However, if you’re going to be handling your own sparklers and fireworks, please take the following precautions:
- Never try to pick up or relight a firework that didn’t ignite.
- Don’t let young children play with fireworks. Even sparklers caused 1,100 injuries in 2021—all fireworks can result in injuries to children.
- Don’t point, throw, or aim fireworks at other people.
- Don’t handle fireworks if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
Amusement Park Safety Tips
Summer is peak amusement park season, but with the crowds, rides, and weather, injuries can happen if you aren’t careful. Be mindful of these safety tips when visiting your favorite amusement parks this year:
- Practice the heat safety tips mentioned above in this post.
- Always follow the rules of individual rides.
- Keep your extremities and body fully in rides at all times; never stand up on a ride.
- Be aware of where the entrance and exit to rides are in the event of an emergency.
- Pay attention to where you’re walking when moving through crowds—in Gutierrez v. Six Flags Over Georgia, a woman tripped on a pavement crack and filed a personal injury suit against the amusement park.
- Stay with your group throughout the amusement park; don’t wander off on your own.
Water Safety Tips
Swimming is a favorite summer pastime. Unfortunately, the CDC reports over 4,000 unintentional drownings each year. Whether you’re going for a swim at a pool or at the beach, be mindful of these safety tips:
- Never swim alone; always swim with a friend or around other people.
- Closely watch children when they are swimming.
- Wear a life jacket when participating in water sports or boating activities.
- Don’t play breath-holding games in the water.
- Avoid swallowing water, as you can ingest harmful chemicals or bacteria.
Prevent Unnecessary Injuries for a Spectacular Summer
Summer is a time of relaxation and enjoying the company of your friends and family, often outdoors, around water, and in the heat. To make sure your summer is one of your best yet, don’t risk unnecessary injuries. Follow the safety tips in this post, pay attention to your local weather reports, and enjoy this beautiful time of the year!
If you do unfortunately experience an injury this summer, contact our Marietta injury lawyers for a free consultation of your case. You can learn more about the different kinds of cases we take here. Stay safe!