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New York Summer Safety: Tips to Prevent Common Injuries

Summer is one of the best times to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and many New Yorkers flock to the parks and the beach areas surrounding the city to soak up the sun.

New York City is also home to more than 1,000 playgrounds, which are an endless source of fun for young children and families as well.

However, summer is also a season when injuries can occur more frequently due to increased outdoor activities. To help you stay safe and enjoy your summer to the fullest, here are some tips to prevent common injuries.

If an accident does happen, Greenberg & Stein, P.C., are here to help you navigate your legal options.

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Common Injuries During the Summer in New York

Summertime activities are fun, but they also carry a certain amount of risk. The following are some of the most common injuries that occur during the summer:

1. Heat-Related Illnesses

As the summer season quickly approaches, hot and humid summer weather also hits the city. This heat can cause serious illness, particularly among older adults or people who have heart or lung diseases.

Those who are using drugs or alcohol must also be careful in the heat, as they are more prone to illness and dehydration.

Symptoms include high body temperature, confusion, rapid pulse, and dizziness. Immediate medical attention is necessary to prevent further complications.

2. Summer Camp Accidents

Summer camps offer a fun and instructive setting for children, but they also pose their own set of risks.

Common summer camp injuries include falls, sprains, fractures, and sports-related injuries. Hiking, swimming, and team sports can all result in accidents if basic safety precautions are not taken.

Insect bites, heat-related illnesses, and dietary allergies are all possible risks that must be carefully controlled.

3. Swimming Pool Accidents

Drowning, slip-and-falls, and diving injuries are common. Pools can be harmful, especially for children who are not good swimmers. Drowning can happen fast and quietly, making regular surveillance necessary.

Slips and falls in the pool area can cause serious injuries, such as fractures and brain damage. Diving in shallow water or inadequately can cause spinal cord injuries that result in permanent impairment.

4. Sports Injuries

Participating in summer sports such as soccer, basketball, and cycling raises the risk of injury from falls, collisions, and fatigue.

Sprains and fractures are typically seen in the ankles, wrists, and knees. Impacts on the head can cause concussions, which require careful monitoring and potentially lengthy recovery times.

5. Playground Injuries

Falls from playground equipment may cause fractures and head injuries.

Playgrounds are popular summer destinations for children, but they can be dangerous if the equipment is not properly maintained or used.

6. Fireworks Injuries

Burns, lacerations, and eye injuries are common at Fourth of July celebrations. Fireworks are a classic feature of Independence Day celebrations, but they can cause serious harm if used incorrectly.

Burns from sparklers, which can reach tremendous temperatures, are common, particularly among children.

Tips to Stay Safe and Injury-Free This Summer in New York

Preventing injuries during the summer requires a combination of awareness, preparation, and caution.

Simple summer safety tips like using your air conditioner during a heat wave, drinking water even if you do not feel thirsty, and seeking shade can help you avoid most of the nasty side effects that come with summer heat.

Here are some essential safety tips:

At-Home Safety

  • Cooling Your Home: Use fans or air conditioning to keep your home cool on hot summer days. Ensure that your air conditioning units are in good operating order and have been maintained prior to the peak summer season. Additionally, fans can help circulate air and provide a cooling effect. Staying cool indoors helps prevent heat-related illnesses and keeps everyone comfortable.
  • Yard Work: When mowing the grass or using power tools, wear appropriate protection gear. Stay hydrated and take breaks to prevent heat exhaustion. Proper footwear and gloves can help prevent cuts, scratches, and other injuries. Use ladders with caution, making sure they are solid and on a flat surface.

Outdoor and Playground Safety 

  • Fire Safety: Summertime in New York City means an increase in the number of barbecues and outdoor parties. If you are living in New York City, keep in mind that it is both illegal and dangerous to use a propane barbecue grill on a terrace, roof, or balcony. Additionally, you should never grill or barbecue in an enclosed area like a garage, tent, or trailer because of the dangerous levels of carbon monoxide that can build up and make you sick. In order to ensure safety, you should always light your barbecue fire safely while keeping in mind the danger of gasoline.
  • Playground: If you take your children to the playground on a regular basis, you should be careful to look at hot surfaces that can burn bare skin. Metal and rubber surfaces can become scorching hot on a sunny day, so make sure that your children wear their shoes at all times. You can also visit the Parks Department’s web site for more safety tips at http://www.nycgovparks.org/facility/safety/play-it-safe.
  • Helmet Use: Encourage children to wear helmets when biking, skating, or scootering to prevent head injuries. Helmets should fit properly and be securely fastened. Additionally, teach children to follow traffic rules and be aware of their surroundings while riding.

Heat Stroke and Car Safety

  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when doing outside activities. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate you, so limit your intake. To stay hydrated, carry a water bottle and sip it frequently.
  • Cool Clothing: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing to help control your body temperature. Choose light-colored textiles that reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it. Hats and sunglasses can also help shield against the sun.
  • Never Leave Children in Cars: Even for a few minutes, never leave children or pets in a parked car. The temperature inside can quickly become life-threatening. Always check the back seat before locking the car, and consider placing your phone or purse in the back seat as a reminder.

Water and Pool Safety

  • Supervision: To combat the heat, many individuals and families turn to swimming for exercise and to stay cool. In order to stay safe, you should swim only in designated areas when lifeguards are on duty. It can be difficult to predict rip currents and other water conditions at the beach, so you should never swim alone and supervise children closely.
  • Swim Lessons: If you need to learn how to swim, you can sign up for a variety of free swim programs through the New York City Parks Department at http://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/aquatics. 

During July 4th Festivities

  • Fireworks Safety: Rather than lighting off your own fireworks, attend public displays. If you use fireworks, be sure to follow all safety precautions and keep them away from minors. Light fireworks one at a time, and never restart a “dud” firework. Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish used fireworks.
  • Sparklers: Remember that sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 2000°F. Make sure children use them under close supervision and have a bucket of water nearby for extinguishing them. Teach children to hold sparklers at arm’s length and not to run while holding them.

When to Take Legal Action for Injuries and Accidents

Despite taking precautions, accidents can still happen. If you or a loved one suffers injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should know when to seek legal action. Negligence occurs when someone fails to take proper precautions and causes harm to another person.

Significant medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability are all grounds for claiming compensation. Legal claims can assist in recovering costs for emergency room visits, surgery, rehabilitation, lost income while recovering, future wages if the accident limits work ability, and compensation for mental suffering and long-term care needs.

Damages Available in New York for a Personal Injury Case

In New York, you may be entitled to various types of compensation in a personal injury case:

  • Economic Damages: These include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Economic damages are quantifiable and directly related to the financial impact of the injury.
  • Non-Economic Damages: These cover pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Non-economic damages are more subjective but are intended to compensate for the personal impact of the injury.
  • Punitive Damages: In cases of gross negligence or intentional harm, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior. These are less common but can be significant in cases where the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious.

Contact Greenberg & Stein, P.C., New York Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been hurt this summer, Greenberg & Stein, P.C., can assist. Our experienced personal injury attorneys understand the complexities of New York’s legal system and are dedicated to obtaining the recompense you deserve.

Contact us today at 212-618-2535 to schedule a free consultation to review your case.

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