Written By Brian R Murphy
As a parent of elementary-age children and spouse of a teacher, I’ve found that the school calendar drives my family’s activities and seasons. I know that summer is approaching because school testing is completing and classes are planning end of year parties, recognitions, and field days. It’s time to start preparing for summer.
Since our firm is dedicated to pursuing justice for people who have been hurt by the wrongdoing of others, we often see very bad things happen to good people. Often catastrophic injures occur in the blink of an eye. While you can’t control the safety-rule-breaking behavior of others, here are some actions you can take to protect you and your family this summer.
Prepare your Vehicles
The summer driving season can be hectic. More vehicles travel our roadways and bring more collisions, flat tires, and breakdowns. Here are some tips from AAA:
- Maintain your battery by making sure it is securely mounted, free of corrosion, and tested for full operation.
- Make sure your fluids are properly changed and filled while checking all rubber hoses and belts for wear.
- Check for proper tire inflation. Under or overinflated tires are dangerous.
- Obtain an emergency kit with water, non-perishable food, jumper cables, and a flashlight.
Prepare for Outdoor Fun
Summer is a great time to play outdoors. It’s time to play in the water, sun, and woods. To reduce risk, consider the following safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- For the Water
- Supervise children when they are around water
- Make sure your children learn to swim with formal swim lessons
- Learn CPR
- For the Sun
- Dress in loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing
- Use a quality sunscreen with a high SPF
- Plan activities for morning or evening
- For the Outdoors
- Use an insect repellent with DEET
- Control ticks in your backyard with pesticides
- Always check for ticks when coming inside from the outside
Prepare Your Teens for a Summer Job
Summer is a great time for teens to get work experience to build character and skills. Here are some important tips to keep them safe:
- Understand your teen’s rights at work including
- The right to a safe and healthy workplace
- The right to get safety training
- Access to medical care if hurt
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