August is the most popular summer month for those favorite summertime activities. Along with the fun there is an increased for certain injuries that are specific to the summer months. There are several ways that you can take precautions to ensure an injury free summer with your friends and family. Being proactive when planning your summer activities will ensure a lot of safe fun.
It’s estimated that over 8,200 accidents at home are caused by mistakes at the grill. If you’re hosting a cook-out be sure to exercise caution when lighting the grill. If you cover your grill while cooking be careful about how you open the grill to avoid too much smoke inhalation. Grill in a well ventilated area and use tongs to avoid burns. If you suffer a minor burn run cold water over the skin for 15 minutes or until the pain stops. Seek medical attention for more serious burns.
Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and get active. Whether it’s hiking or running, swimming, biking or any other sport, being active can lead to an increased risk of injury. Most common sports injuries happen around joints like the elbow, ankle or knee but tendon tears and inflammation of joints can occur if you push your body too far. Head injuries can also be common with a fall.
Lawn Mower Accidents
An injury risk that surprises a lot of people, but is more common than you may think, is lawn mower accidents. Cutting the grass causes up to 80,000 Americans each year to have to go to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
To avoid a mishap with your mower make sure it is in good working condition. Make sure your yard is cleared of anything that could be flung by your mower blades and have ample sunlight when you cut the grass. You should always wear long pants, close toe shoes and sunglasses.
Humans aren’t the only species more active in the summer. Insects are all over the place and some can carry dangerous disease. Ticks are common in the woods and can carry Lyme disease which is a very serious illness. If you head into the woods for a camping trip wear insect repellant on exposed skin and opt for lighter-weight long-sleeved shirts and pants.
A lot of people love a good tan in the summer but there are consequences for that bronzed look. Long term exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer and immediate dangers like heat-related fatigue. Using sunscreen with an SPF of 45 or greater will block 98% of harmful sun rays and wearing a hat will help protect your head and face. Sunscreen should be applied every 90 minutes that you are in the sun continuously.