Although the weather is warm year-round in Valley Center and throughout San Diego County, summer remains a popular time for taking vacations and for getting out of the house for weekend trips. With the school year also nearing its end, parents in Valley Center should get prepared for summer and should be thinking about ways to prevent personal injuries. According to a recent article in Reader’s Digest, there are many different ways in which personal injuries can happen during the summer months, and a lot of them are unexpected. We have a list of some of the most common yet unexpected dangers that typically affect people over the summer. By knowing about injury risks, residents of and visitors to San Diego County can better avoid them.
Common Injury Risks You May be Ignoring
What are some of the most frequent summer injury risks that many people tend to ignore? Take a look at the following:
- Photokeratitis, or a sunburn on your eyeballs. While many people know that they need to wear sunscreen when they go to the beach in San Diego, they may not always wear proper eye protection. The Vision Council recently pointed out that only about 30% of people wear sunglasses with UV protection when they are outside, and only 44% of people wear protective sunglasses at the beach. Photokeratitis is “cumulative and irreversible.”
- Bacteria in the water. Whether you are at the beach or going to a public pool, there is often bacteria in the water that could cause serious injury. From E. coli at beaches to other harmful bacteria in swimming pools, going swimming can make you sick.
- Puncture wounds at public parks. Believe it or not, many people suffer puncture wounds during the summer months, and they often happen when someone decides to go barefoot at a park or in a backyard that has not been properly maintained.
- Fractures on slides. More kids are playing at local playgrounds during the summer, and slides are actually known for causing leg fractures. Indeed, more than one-third of all children who suffered injuries on slides sustained lower-leg fractures. The most common victims were toddlers between the ages of 12 and 23 months.
- Burns on plastic playground equipment. During the summer, plastic slides and swings can get really hot. In fact, they can get so hot from the sun that exposure to them can cause second-degree burns on a child’s skin. Risks are especially high from kids under the age of 2.
- Drowning risks. Not only do beaches and pools potentially expose swimmers to bacteria, but they can also produce drowning accidents. Children under the age of 5, and then teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24, are at highest risk of injuries in a drowning incident.
Contact a Valley Center Personal Injury Lawyer
Summer injuries can happen because of another party’s negligence. If you have questions about filing a personal injury lawsuit, you should speak with a Valley Center personal injury attorney about your case. Contact the Walton Law Firm to speak with an experienced advocate.
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