The summertime can be the most enjoyable part of the year in the UK, with warm weather allowing us to cast off the shackles of winter and spring and get outside to enjoy some fun. But, enjoying the fine weather can leave anybody open to a slip, trip or fall or a wide range of other personal injuries.
Am I more likely to suffer a personal injury in warm weather?
There is no concrete yes or no answer, but research does suggest that more accidents happen in warmer conditions. It is believed that the relaxing nature of ‘fun in the sun’ can leave us more vulnerable to falls and trips or other personal injuries with levels of alertness lowered, and other activities distracting us.
What sort of accidents may happen in warmer weather?
There are a wide range of potential accidents that could ruin your time in the warm weather, Here are a few to watch out for:
- Slips, trips and falls – Warm weather is a nice excuse to get out and about. The winter months often make it hard to enjoy the sights and sounds of the UK, so we are encouraged to make the most of them while the weather allows. Long country walks or exploring towns and cities can leave you open to a potential fall or trip, which could result in an injury.
- Road accidents – Many UK residents nowadays are opting against foreign holidays, and instead looking a little closer to home for a summer break. By far the most popular form of travel for such events is the car, which can lead to congested roads and accidents. Also, relaxing drives in the sunshine can lead to problems, with drivers tending to switch off slightly in warmer weather.
- Sun-related problems – The summer is a time when people flock to the beach or slip off into the garden or park for a little sun worshipping. But doing so can leave you open to problems, with sunstroke and severe sunburn both hazards that could be on the horizon.
- Work accidents – Working outside in the sun can be difficult. Concentration levels are bound to dip as your body copes with keeping cool in warm conditions. As a result you could be more vulnerable to an injury. Also, working inside can be claustrophobic and humid, lowering concentration levels.
Warm weather is fun for everyone, but it is important to remember to keep your wits about you to stay safe and avoid accident claims.