With the weather warming up, it’s no surprise that more and more people are moving outside for some serious summertime fun. We can’t say we blame them.
As much fun as the great outdoors can be, it’s also important to keep safety in mind.
Accidents happen most often when people get so caught up in what they’re doing that they stop being mindful of their surroundings and bodies. During the hot summer months, far and away the most common types of injuries and accidents fall into two broad categories: Falls and Heat. We’ll talk about both, just below.
When you read this heading, you might be inclined to think about kids falling down while playing outside. That certainly happens and it is part of what we’re talking about here, but adults aren’t immune to summertime spills.
Where kids are concerned, the causes are much more wide-ranging. It could be anything from taking a tumble off of a bike while riding, to roller skating in the street, falling off of a trampoline, and more. Where adults are concerned, the most common type of fall is off of a ladder.
Unfortunately, nothing can outright prevent falls from occurring, unless you confine yourself to life in a bubble. Taking basic safety precautions can minimize the extent of any injuries that do occur.
After having spent the long winter months mostly indoors, it’s easy to overdo it when summer rolls around. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are the two big things to watch out for here, and both are caused by a lack of mindfulness.
When you’re out having fun, it’s easy to get so focused on your activity that that you stop paying attention to the signals your body is sending you to stop and cool down. If you don’t listen to the early signals your body sends you, it’ll start sending stronger ones. That will invariably result in you collapsing and spending some time in the ER as medical professionals pump fluids back into your system.
Don’t let it come to that. Just be mindful, stay hydrated, and don’t overdo it!