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Avoid These Common Summer Safety Hazards

Your Guide to Safe Summer Fun with wettermark keith

Summer is the season for sun and barbeque, preferably by a body of water. With trips to the lake, beach, or maybe just some backyard fun, it’s a good time to review a few common summer safety hazards to stay aware of during these next few months.

Dehydration: Dehydration can catch you off guard, especially in high temperatures. The National Institute of Health said that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and this can be a big problem during the summer months where fluid retention is very important. Make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid feeling the heat.

Sun Exposure: Always have at least SPF 30 sunscreen on hand and reapply every 30 minutes to an hour to protect against harmful sun rays. Overcast days can trick you into believing you cannot be burnt, but you very much can so it is important to apply sunscreen no matter what the clouds are doing.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, such as dizziness, nausea, headache, and confusion. Take breaks in the shade, wear light clothing, and seek medical attention if symptoms occur.

Grilling Safety: Be aware of the risks associated with your barbecue grill. If you use charcoal, allow the lighter fluid to dissipate before lighting to prevent flare-ups. If you use gas, light it immediately after turning on the propane to prevent gas buildup. Avoid grilling underneath a covered area to prevent accidental fire or smoke damage.

Water Safety: When on a boat, ensure there are enough life jackets for everyone and stay alert for other boats and water activities like swimming, skiing or tubing. Be aware of other boaters and keep a look out for fallen skiers or tubers waiting to be picked up. Avoid drinking and boating as that can seriously impair your ability to control your vessel.

Wild Animal Awareness: You won’t be the only creatures on Earth out enjoying the warm weather. While out and about doing your favorite summertime activities you will find a plethora of wild animals doing the same. Snakes and other critters will become a more common sight whether hiking, boating, or even just outside your own home.

Pedestrian Awareness: With more people enjoying the weather, be extra cautious of pedestrians, especially small children who may be less visible and attentive.

Insect Bites and Stings: Use insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. Check for ticks after spending time in wooded or grassy areas. Ticks can potentially give you diseases like Lyme disease. Lone star ticks can even make you allergic to red meat. Insect stings can be very dangerous, especially if the person is allergic so stay on the lookout for fliers.

Swimming Safety: Always supervise children when they are swimming, and ensure they wear appropriate flotation devices. Learn basic CPR and first aid for emergencies.

Road Trip Safety: Ensure your vehicle is in good condition before hitting the road. Keep an emergency kit with supplies like water, snacks, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit.

Beach Safety: When swimming in the ocean, be aware of rip currents. If caught in one, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current, then swim back to shore. Be on the lookout for sharks or other ocean creatures who make be closer to shore because of the tide or breeding season.

Summer is all about enjoying the warm weather and soaking in the sun before it cools down again. There are so many ways to enjoy the warm weather and everyone will do it a bit differently. So no matter how you decide to spend your summer, do it safely, and keep these common summer safety hazards in mind.

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If you've been injured due to the negligence of another, you deserve dedicated legal representation to pursue justice and fair compensation. At Wettermark Keith, our Chattanooga personal injury lawyers specialize in advocating for clients like you. We understand the complexities of personal injury law in Tennessee and are committed to fighting for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help you navigate through this challenging time with compassion and expertise.

At Wettermark Keith™, we have an excellent reputation as one of the most accomplished personal injury firms in the country. We offer a diverse range of practice areas, including personal injury cases, auto wrecks, trucking wrecks, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, on-the-job injuries, social security, and VA disability, to name just a few. At Wettermark Keith, we believe in taking cases personally. Our purpose is to practice with care and compassion - to tell our clients' stories and make their voices heard. We achieve this by building strong relationships based on constant communication and an unwavering dedication to truth and trust.

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