The Memorial Day Holiday is the national holiday dedicated to remembering those who have served and gave the greatest sacrifice for our nation’s security. It’s timing at the end of May also establishes it as the holiday that represents the official beginning of summer.
While many will honor their fallen warriors with flying flags and flowers on graves, most American’s celebrate by listening to the Indianapolis 500, taking advantage of newly opened community swimming pools, enjoying family cookouts, and camping.
It is also a time when those warm weather activities can result in increased risk for serious personal injury. In a press release from 2003, the CDC outlines those summertime activities that pose the greatest risk to participants as the “pursue summertime fitness and fun”. Those risks include increased exposure to sun and heat, an increased risk of danger in and near water, and the importance of food safety.
Heat related injuries and heat stroke are major contributors to summer injuries. A 2014 report from the CDC indicates that between the years 2006 and 2010 nearly 2,000 Americans died each year due to weather related injuries, with 31% of those a result of exposure to heat, or heat or sun stroke. Taking frequent breaks while in extreme temperatures, drinking plenty of water, and getting into a cool location whenever possible are easy and important steps to take to preventing serious injury.
Water safety is of great concern to the attorneys in our firm. As mentioned in prior posts, boating and pools offer great fun and enjoyment, but they also bring about a increased risk of serious personal injury and even death. Swimmers should never swim alone. Boaters should refrain from reckless and dangerous activities. And alcohol is never a good combination with either activity.
An additional concern for summer revelers is that of food safety. Picnics, camp outs, and grilling are all wonderful opportunities to enjoy summer food favorites. However, the risk of food-borne illness is greater because of the increased temperatures and the decreased likelihood of adequate methods for keeping the food safe long-term.
The risks don’t end here. It’s important to remember that there are more people riding bikes, motorcycles, walking and skateboarding in neighborhoods. There are children home from school for the summer. More travelers are on the road for long weekends and family vacations.
Summer is a wonderful time in Indiana. Little league, family reunions, and leisurely days make for many fond memories but the importance of a safe summer cannot be overstated. Too many Indiana residents have experienced tragic events because of poor planning and carelessness, resulting in serious personal injury to themselves or a loved one.
If you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury due someone’s negligence or carelessness, you should contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP.