Summertime comes with exciting plans for road trips, free time and plenty of time spent in the sun and water. Certain activities bring higher risk of serious injuries or even death. While enjoying the relaxing, refreshing experience of summer, make sure to stay aware of the dangers around you and those you love. Here are some common dangers associated with a majority of summertime accidents. Staying prepared can help you protect yourself and your loved ones.
Drowning in Swimming Pools
Children love the water, but children must be carefully supervised when swimming. During the summer, more and more kids hit the pool, the lake, the river, and water parks to cool off and have fun. According to the CDC, most accidental drownings occur in residential swimming pools. A child can drown even in a very small amount of water, so be careful.
Additional dangers to watch out for include:
- Swimming pool drains
- Hot Jacuzzis
- Diving into shallow pools
Use life preservers, life jackets, and other personal flotation devices when on a large body of water, even if in a boat. Be sure that all swimmers take classes or have an adequate level of swimming ability. Public pools should maintain fencing or another barrier to prevent children from wandering into the water. When water is involved, seconds count—knowing life-saving emergency skills such as CPR can help save lives.
In addition to the water, children love to play outside, often at public playgrounds or on private playscapes or play structures. According to the CDC, emergency rooms in the United States treat more than 200,000 kids aged 14 and younger for playground injuries every year. If the play area where your kids are playing does not have a soft surface beneath the equipment, a small fall can cause a head injury or broken bones.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, every 21 seconds one person in America suffers traumatic brain injury. Furthermore, 45 percent of injuries on playgrounds include severe bone fractures, concussions, internal injuries, amputations or dislocations. When a playground injury occurs as a result of a maintenance problem, such as failure to properly maintain the equipment, the playground owner or operator may be legally responsible for injuries that occur. If faulty equipment causes a playground injury, the manufacturer may also be held responsible.
Tire Blowouts Leading to Car Accidents
Many families travel by car, van, or bus during the summertime. In these hot summer months, your tires are at an increased risk for blowout. NHTSA estimates that tire failure causes approximately 11,000 crashes a year. You can work toward preventing summer tire blowouts by checking the tire pressure regularly, because as the temperature rises, the pressure in your tires can increase and tires will fail.
Even if your car has tire pressure sensors or a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), you should still manually check your tire pressure in case a sensor has malfunctioned. Once it hits 100 degrees and hotter, heat can become your car's enemy, as cracked, older, worn tires will also be most likely to fail in hotter weather.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence or carelessness, contact Arnold & Itkin today.