Summer is typically a time for relaxation. Kids are out of school, so there’s less rushing around in the mornings. There’s less traffic. It’s a time for slowing down, spending more time with loved ones, and enjoying leisurely days by the pool. It’s also the time of year where injuries are most common.
In order to prevent them, it’s good to be aware of what the are and what to do in the event of experiencing them.
The Top 5 Most Common Causes of Summer Injuries
1. Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke
It’s common for people to sweat profusely and feel more tired than usual when out in the sun. Some people with light sensitivity may also get migraines. But if your pulse quickens, you get muscle cramps, get dizzy, or are nauseous, chances are you are experiencing a heat stroke. If such is the case, move inside to an air conditioned room. If that’s not available, move to a shaded area and drink water. Failing to do so could lead to a heat stroke, which could be life-threatening.
2. Food Poisoning
Pools, beaches, barbecues, garden parties… all of them provide plenty of food to keep everyone happy. In many instances, they’re left outside for hours at a time, exposed to direct sunlight. Do this with perishables, and you’re asking for food poisoning. This is because heat causes bacteria to multiply at a much faster rate. The best word of advice is to only leave out items that don’t require refrigeration and only bring out those that do close to meal times. Never leave them exposed to heat for over an hour.
For more tips, check out our article: Food Safety Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning this Summer
3. Boating Accidents
Lakes and beaches are popular destinations during the summer. Between congested waterways, reckless behavior while boating, and a higher increase in alcohol consumption, it’s a recipe for accidents. Drinking and boating can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
Just as with boating accidents, excessive alcohol consumption prior to swimming could lead to swimming injuries or drowning. And due to the social aspect of many summer activities, it’s easy to get distracted for a few minutes… enough time for children to drown. There are several things you can do to try to rescue a drowning person, but always make sure to take the appropriate safety measures to prevent yourself or someone else from being pulled underwater as well.
5. Lawn Mower Accidents
Hot weather means flip flop weather. But if you’re doing yard work like mowing the lawn, wear closed toed shoes for protection. In addition, turn off the blades if you have to cross an area of your yard that doesn’t have grass. Failing to do so could cause small rocks to be shot into your eyes. Also, remember that due to the lawnmower’s loud sounds, it may be possible for you to not hear children or pets playing nearby. Keep them inside while you’re using it.
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