It’s Not All Fun: The Dangers of Summertime
We’re used to thinking of summertime as a season of endless fun and good times, but this isn’t always the case. Bad things happen during summer as they do during every other season, and, in fact, the warm months usually come with their own risks. So to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy summer, we’ve put together a list of some of the dangers you need to be aware of to navigate the season. Stay careful, and there’ll be no limit on the amount of fun that you can have.
That Burning Sun
Yes, we know, we know: there are few things as enjoyable as packing a beach bag and hitting the coast or lake for a day of fun in the sunshine. However, sometimes our enthusiasm gets the better of us. In our quest to have a memorable day full of laughter and joy, we forget that, well, the sun is pretty darn hot, and can do a lot of damage if we’re not careful. Spend one day out in the sunshine without lotion, and you can expect severe burns – a couple of weeks of uncomfortable nights. More seriously, this can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. Cover up, even if there’s a cool breeze and you’re cooling off in the water; those rays are still getting through.
We all know that summer is a time for drinks, BBQs, parties, and other fun shenanigans. However, there’s an increased risk of health problems if you’re partying a little more than you should. Try to take it easy, or at least limit your heavy partying to once every couple of weeks. Oh, and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water – alcohol dehydrates you at the best of times, but it’s even worse when it’s so hot outside.
Increased Troubles On the Road
It’s not just your parting that might cause you trouble. Other people’s party antics can affect your health too. There are more drink driving incidents during summer than at any other point in the year, and when a crash happens, it’s rarely just the driver who’s affected. If you are involved in an incident, seek medical attention, even if you think you feel OK, and take a look at Dolman Law Group so you can receive financial compensation for your injuries. To avoid the risks of these types of accidents, try to avoid areas with lively nightlife during the night.
Summer is mostly a time of sunshine and good times, but we do get those fantastic summer storms from time to time. If your home is unprepared to deal with these storms, you might find that you’re left without power for longer than you’d like. If you live in a zone that receives heavy storms, consider buying a backup generator.
In the Outdoors
Finally, remember to stay careful in the great outdoors! It’s no joke getting caught out with no water, or being bitten by mosquitoes, or encountering wildlife. Know where you’re going, and how to get back.