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Summer Safety 101: Tips to Reduce Summertime Risks

Summer Safety 101: Tips to Reduce Summertime Risks

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 28-Jul-2016

Summer presents a number of unique risks and dangers. With more people out and about and more activities, there are a lot of ways accidents and injuries can occur. At The Dunnion Law Firm, we’ve seen trends in the cases we get during the summer, and many involve water-related accidents, traffic accidents, and outdoor-related injuries.

Although the negligence of others can make it difficult to avoid an accident, there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. To help you enjoy the summer safely, our personal injury lawyers have put together a few basic tips.

  • Water Safety – Cooling off in the water is the hallmark of summer. Whether you’re at the beach, the lake, or the pool, it is always important to make safety a priority. You can achieve this by making sure you and your loved ones have a strong command on swimming, supervising children when near water, not swimming alone, installing fences around pools, wearing life jackets when on the open water, and avoiding alcohol when boating.
  • Driving – Roads and highways see more traffic during the summer months, and because many drivers are on vacation, they may not be familiar with your local roadways. Always drive with caution in traffic and increase your following distance. Whether you’re on a long road trip or not, always make sure to avoid distractions, get enough rest, and never drive under the influence so as to avoid preventable car accidents.
  • Grilling Safely – Summer is not complete without enjoying the barbecue. If you plan on grilling, do so safely by grilling in a controlled environment away from structures and flammable material. Be careful when using lighter fluid and always monitor children near the grill.
  • Outdoor Activities – Enjoying time outdoors during the summer is great, heat exhaustion and dehydration are not. Be mindful of weather conditions and the heat when scheduling outdoor activities or sports practices – if possible, schedule these for the morning or evening. Make sure you and your children wear sunscreen and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, never leave children unattended in parked cars, and seek immediate medical care if anyone is experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness.

The Dunnion Law Firm hopes these tips will help you and your loved ones enjoy all that summer has to offer without injury. Unfortunately, we know that even precautions don’t preclude you from harm caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of others. If you or someone you love is injured due to another’s actions this summer, contact us to discuss your rights and how we can help you navigate the claim process.

Categories: Personal Injury