What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think about summer? Long, hot days. Plenty of fun in the sun. Vacations. Cookouts in the back yard and plenty of memories – that should just about cover it… While summer is often the most anticipated part of the year, it’s easy to forget that it comes with its own set of dangers.
You might be planning a road trip, plenty of days out to the beach or just enjoying the sunshine in your own back yard, however you intend to spend your summer you must keep your safety and the safety of your family in mind.
Accidents can happen at any time and usually when you least expect them to – click the link to speak to a Charleston based personal injury attorney if you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. So, keep these summertime safety tips in mind whilst you’re enjoying some fun in the sun.
Keep your electronic devices out of the sun
Summer means road trips! Days out to the beach, the lake or heading somewhere new. That also means relying on your GPS to get you there. Most of us know to keep our possessions hidden when we leave our vehicles, as it’s the simplest way to deter thieves. However, leaving electronics in sun-drenched vehicles is incredibly dangerous.
The intense heat inside your vehicle and direct sunlight can impact the mechanisms of your electronics and can also make the plastic brittle and dangerous. If you’re hiding electronics in your vehicle, make sure they’re out of direct sunlight and in a padded case.
You now know that the intense heat and sunlight in your vehicle can damage your electronic devices. However, it can also be lethal. Leaving your children or dog in your car – even if you’re just heading into the store for five minutes – can be deadly. Children and dogs are known to have died in hot cars, even if their parents are only gone for a short period. The temperature in a stationary vehicle can rise to 100 degrees within a few minutes. Don’t just crack a window, never leave them in the car.
Be wary of windows
In pursuit of a cool breeze in the summer, it’s natural for us to throw open our windows and hope for the best. However, if you have young children you need to be wary. Children can easily climb onto furniture and window ledges and fall from great heights causing serious injuries and even death. Always keep your windows locked or consider installing window guards at home.
Bonus tip: If you’re staying in a hotel with your kids this summer, always make sure that any windows, balcony doors and railings are childproof, and always supervise your children.
Finally, stay safe in the sun
Those long, hot days make everything better. And the best way to enjoy them is by keeping safety in mind. Get to know the symptoms of heatstroke and keep yourself and your family hydrated, wear adequate sun protection and remember to top up your sunscreen throughout the day.