Summer is here!

It’s that time of year again: school’s out, vacation days are set, and you’re ready to kick back and relax with friends in family. If you’re in Tampa Bay, then it’s time to start hitting the beach or getting out on the Hillsborough River!

While summer is, for must of us, our favorite season, it’s not always fun and games. Unfortunately, the summer season experiences a spike in personal injuries. From sunburn, to slip-and-falls, to home improvement accidents, to auto accidents the summer months are ripe with personal injury claims.

Especially if you have kids, you know they are exposed to a lot of personal injury risks. Whether they’re out running around with friends or off at summer camp there’s lots of summer outdoor activities that could pose personal injury risks.

We want everyone to have a fun, safe summer. That means keeping safety in mind. Here’s some tips for summer safety we think everyone should keep in mind.

4 tips for summer safety

Avoid Heat-Illness

Heat-illness is one of the leading causes of personal injury during the summer months. Everyone is susceptible to it. Whether you’re spending prolonged hours outside for work or if you’re just enjoying the sunshine, it’s important to take preventative safety measures.

Remember to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is key to avoiding heat-exhaustion and heat stroke. Take frequent breaks and seek out shade if you are feeling week or over-heated.

Bug Safety

This is one of the most important summer safety tips if you’re in Florida. If you’re going to be outdoors, where bug protection. Mosquitoes are a major pest problem in Florida and with the rainy season, the problem only gets worse.

Mosquitoes can transmit a lot of harmful diseases, like Zika.

Water Safety/Boat Safety

Summer is a favorite time for many to get out on the water. However, water activities can be one of the biggest summer safety risks.

Drowning is a huge risk, especially for small children. Boating accidents are another leading cause of water-related personal injuries and deaths.

Keep Young Children Supervised

We all remember summer vacations as kids: scraped knees, sunburns, maybe a broken bone. Summer safety may be the most important thing for kids, especially small children.

If you plan on taking your children to the playground or a water park, make sure you keep them under close supervision. Playgrounds pose one of the greatest risks for children under the age of 14 for personal injury.

Summer Safety Resources

Check out one of our recent blog posts for more tips on avoiding heat illness this summer. You can learn more about filing a personal injury claim from our experienced team.