Don’t let the lazy days of summer cause you and your family to forget about being safe. The Oklahoma heat and summer activities can lead to accidents and personal injuries that can cause lasting harm and financial damage.
Here are some tips from the National Safety Council and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you and your children — or the children you look after — to close out the summer safely:
- Beat the heat. Summer temperatures can easily overload the body’s temperature control system. Infants and children up to age 4 are at the greatest risk. Still, anybody can develop a heat-related illness. The best way to beat heat stroke, heat exhaustion or heat cramps is to stay hydrated. When you are active in the heat, try to drink one cup (eight ounces) of water every 15–20 minutes. Meanwhile, when you are in the sun, you should take frequent breaks and regularly apply and reapply sunblock to your exposed skin.
- Be wary of water. Not including deaths from boating accidents, nine people die from drowning every day in our country. While drowning is more common for children age 5 and younger, it is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 5 to 24. Teens and young adults face the highest risk of injury. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children who are in or around water. Older people should never swim alone. They should also keep in mind that swimming in a pool is much different from swimming in a lake or river, where more strength is required to swim against currents. You should never drink alcohol when swimming or allow others around you to do so. Alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings.
- Grill safely. Don’t be complacent about sanitation if you grill out. Food poisoning can ruin the weekend or your entire vacation. Keep meat, poultry and seafood refrigerated below 40°F until you are ready to cook. If you are away from home, then you should use a quality insulated cooler to keep those items fresh. Also, wash your hands before and after you handle food, especially raw meat. Use a food thermometer to ensure meat is cooked hot enough to kill harmful germs — 145°F for beef, pork, lamb, veal and fish; 160°F for hamburgers and other ground meat; and 165°F for poultry. Also, watch out for kids around hot grills and smokers. Make sure that all portable grills, camp stoves and similar items are placed on stable, nonflammable surfaces.
- Go easy on the alcohol. Every risk of a late-summer accident or injury is made worse by drinking alcohol. Alcohol not only impairs judgement and coordination, it can cause dehydration, which intensifies the effects of summer heat such as fatigue and lethargy. Everyone knows the consequences of drinking and driving, but Labor Day Weekend is one of the deadliest holiday weekends for drunk driving accidents. Staying sober can keep yaou from causing an accident. It can also help you to react quickly enough to avoid injury from someone else’s carelessness or recklessness.
Hurt in a Late-Summer Accident? Our Oklahoma Attorneys Can Help You
If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you may have a right to compensation for your losses. The Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys at Cain Law Office can investigate your case, determine the extent of your losses and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today.