Summer Safety Tips: Heat Safety

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Summer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. However, it’s important to remember that the long, hot days of summer can be dangerous if you don’t take the right precautions.

At Cory Watson Attorneys, we are committed to helping victims who have suffered personal injuries and passionate about keeping our communities safe. Have fun, but stay safe this summer with these quick tips.

Heatstroke Safety

We are more likely to suffer from heatstroke, heat exhaustion, or dehydration during the summer. Spending too much time outdoors can cause the body to overheat. It’s important to recognize the signs of heatstroke, which include nausea, dizziness, and confusion. Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual and take breaks in the shade to help you stay cool.

Food Poisoning Injury

According to the CDC, 48 million Americans get food poisoning each year. The warm weather is definitely a target for bacteria, and food-borne illnesses peak in the summer. It’s costly for businesses to keep food at the right temperatures in the heat, and not always obvious when food is contaminated. Make sure that your meal is always clean, cooked well and properly handled.

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Sheraton Atlanta during the busy summer travel season is another reminder that dangerous bacteria can lurk in hotel hot tubs, showers and air-conditioning units.

Hot Cars Can Be Deadly

Animals need shade and water, just like we do. Moderate their exercise and keep pets indoors when it’s hot. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle, as they can quickly succumb to the heat exposure. Temperatures inside a car can easily reach 140°F to 190°F within 27 minutes. Look before you lock!

Worker’s Heat Stress

Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in illness and injuries such as serious burns. Workers in outdoor environments such as firefighters, construction workers, farmers, and factory workers are all at risk. Take safety precautions to prevent on the job injuries.

Don’t be afraid to get out and enjoy the summer sunshine with your friends and family. Just be sure to be prepared, use common sense, and know when it’s time to take a break in the shade.

Any of these summer accidents can cause severe injuries. Don’t wait until it’s too late to contact an Alabama personal injury attorney. You’ll need compensation to cover your recovery costs. Contact us today for a free consultation – call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online consultation form.

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