Tips to Prevent Summertime Injuries

Summertime is one of the busiest seasons. With much fun and many adventures to be had, it is important to stay safe; accidents do happen. Make sure to keep these tips in mind when participating in your favorite summer activities:

1. Boating Safety

When boating, always remember to carry life-jackets on board and know the life-jacket laws, especially if children under the age of 13 are on board. Never bring too many people on the boat and know the speed limits. Also remember to never drink and boat! Drinking alcohol while boating increases the chances of an accident happening, and It is against the law.

2. Campground Safety

When hiking, or biking in state parks or campgrounds always make sure to pay attention to the warning signs. Many campgrounds have signs or maps of where to go and not go throughout the park. These signs are there for a reason and disobeying them can lead to serious injury. If you are ever unsure of campground or state park rules, ask a park ranger or campground official.

3. Fire Safety

Barbecues and campfires are some of the more popular activities in the summertime. Always make sure to create a safe environment for your guests whenever fire is involved. This means having the appropriate boundaries around campfires, following burning permits and bans, and having a good way to put the fire out when you are done. Like the bear says, only you can prevent fires from getting out of hand. Make sure the fire is out before you go. When the time comes to spark up the barbecue, make sure your propane tank is properly connected and working so you don’t get more bang in your summer event than you planned for.

4. ATV Safety

The number of ATV accidents and rollovers continues to grow each year. In fact, the number of ATV accidents has tripled since 1992. Always exercise caution when operating an ATV and follow the nationwide and state laws. Many ATV accidents happen on paved roads, which is a surface where ATV were not designed to be ridden. Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings as ATV & auto accidents can occur.

So make sure to follow these tips when participating in these summer activities. You will decrease the chances of injury for yourself and those around you. If you are injured in an accident, make sure to contact us. The sooner you do, the sooner your rights will be protected. Call us at: (763) 295-2107.