Ah. July. The month of seemingly endless nights, vacations, concerts, camping trips, cookouts, and lazy days at the pool. It is the month when even the most secluded dwellers peek out of their shells and try new things.
Sadly, it is also the time when many preventable accidents happen.
Allow us to share with you our top five summer safety tips to stay safe this July and throughout summer.
Drink responsibly. We might sound like a broken record here but it doesn’t hurt repeating: Never drink and drive. Likewise, never ride with someone who has been drinking, no matter how well you know them or how much you trust them.
Be a defensive driver. Watch out for increased road construction and work zones. We all know the beating Indiana roads take every winter and spring. Summer is the time when those potholes get repaired and new construction gets underway. Anticipate slowed traffic, unusual traffic patterns, workers on the road, and watch out for distracted drivers.
There is no pool safety without supervision. Never leave children unattended when they are playing in the water. Lack of supervision is the leading cause of pool injuries and deaths among children; and lone swimmers are much more likely to drown than those who swim with a buddy. And while homeowners with a pool are required to have a fence or automatic pool cover per a state code in Indiana, do not assume that those will prevent a child from entering the pool or save them from drowning.
At some point, everyone is a pedestrian. To increase your safety, be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight when walking at night. If there is no sidewalk – which is the case with a majority of Indiana roads – remember to walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible. As a driver, help pedestrians stay safe by being alert and anticipating pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
Enjoy professional firework shows and skip the home fireworks altogether. The injuries home fireworks cause are simply not worth the fleeting fun they provide.
Everyone at the Law Office of Amy M. Davis wishes you a wonderful, safe summer filled with experiences and memories you will cherish forever. And while we keep our fingers crossed you will never need us, should you or anyone you know get seriously injured this summer due to the negligence of someone else, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you navigate the process of a personal injury claim while you focus on getting better.