Slips, trips and falls around the swimming pool may be common summer accidents we are all aware of, but as the sun rises and the rays become stronger, it is important to remember health and safety when partaking in all seasonal activities.
Beyond poolside slips and falls
During spells of fine weather, we are more inclined to head outside and make the most of the summer sun. Getting outdoors and partaking in pursuits is good for our well-being, there are always health and safety elements to consider to prevent slips, falls and other accidents.
Summer sport injuries
The dry weather often encourages us to participate in sports that we wouldn’t usually play. Cricket and rounders are popular options with youngsters, while these are also the best months to enjoy golf and tennis.
Remember your body’s limitations and not attempt to stretch yourself too far. If you do not regularly take part in your chosen sport, it will likely put a strain on your body and cause sport-related injuries, including sprains and possibly fractures.
Accidents on the water
You may be prone to slips and falls on the poolside, but water sports and boating present their own hazards.
Before you are involved in any activity on the water, be sure to undergo sufficient training from a qualified instructor. In the case of some water sports, allow an instructor to accompany you until you gain adequate experience on the water.
When sailing, stay in safe waters and adhere to safety regulations. Always wear safety attire.
Common accidents include slips and falls into the water, collisions, and overexertion. This can lead to summer-related injuries such as strains, sciatica, dislocations, fractures and in some cases fatality due to drowning.
Many of us enjoy picnicking and attending barbecues in the summer months. While this is a great way to kick back, relax and socialise when the weather allows, always be conscious of the dangers involved with dining outdoors.
Barbecues are notorious for fire-related injuries, including burns. For those who have respiratory difficulties, you may find that sitting near to cooking food, which can become charred, will aggravate your condition.
During picnics and barbecues, avoid eating food that could have potentially become contaminated. Ensure meat is fully cooked before consumption. This will minimise the risk of food poisoning.
Claiming for your summer accident
If you have been involved in an seasonal accident and want to determine if you are eligible to claim personal injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice