As the seasons change, our lifestyles change. As the days grow longer and the weather grows warmer, we spend more time outside and in natural and man-made bodies of water. Schools let out for summer and students spend their days at summer camp, and playing outside.
With the summer season comes many injury risks. Just like snow and ice on the roadway during the winter can make it easier for car accidents to occur, summer activities and conditions create an environment for other specific types of accidents. Below are four ways to keep yourself and your family safe this summer.
Stay Safe in and on the Water This Summer
For families in New Jersey, summer is often synonymous with the beach, the boat, the lake, or the pool. Stay safe in the water this summer by keeping the following in mind:
- Supervise children at all times, even children who have demonstrated a strong swimming ability
- Never operate motorized watercraft if you have been drinking
- Lock pool gates securely when pools are not in use
- Talk to your children about what to do if they are caught in a riptide and how to identify the lifeguard at the beach
- Never swim alone
- Do not run around a pool
Discuss Safe Driving With Your Teenager
During the summer months, teenage drivers are on the road throughout the day and night, often driving on unfamiliar roads to new locations. If you are the parent of a teenage driver, discuss the importance of obeying the posted speed limit and taking safety precautions while driving, such as:
- Always wearing a seatbelt while driving or riding in a car
- Keeping hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the roadway at all times
- Never driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs. Discuss the dangers of getting into a car with an inebriated driver as well
- Obeying New Jersey’s restrictions for provisional drivers, such as getting off the road by 11 p.m. and not having more than one passenger in the car while driving without a parent
Avoiding a Firework Injury
Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate Independence Day, but they can cause fires and leave victims with burn injuries. Leave the fireworks display to the professionals instead of lighting up your own this year.
Dress and Prepare for the Weather
Summer weather itself can put individuals at risk of sunburn and heatstroke. This summer, discuss with your children the importance of using sunblock while outside in the direct sunlight and consuming enough water during the day to avoid dehydration. Make use of wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to cut your skin’s direct contact with the sun’s harmful rays.
Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. Help Injured Clients Seek Compensation for Their Damages
Every season has its injury risks. If you or your child are injured this summer because of another party’s negligence, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your related damages. To learn more, fill out our online form or call 856-354-9444 to set up your free case review at Folkman Law, a Cherry Hill personal injury law firm. Our office is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and we serve clients from Camden County and throughout South Jersey as well as those from all other regions of New Jersey and all of Pennsylvania.