Florida is well known for their beautiful beaches and long summer days. With about 1,200 miles of coastline and a family-friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder people all over the nation choose Florida as their top summer destination.
During the summer months, temperatures can reach as high as 100 degrees. For residents from Northern United States, that temperature can sound deadly; and often times, it is. For a variety of reasons, everyone should prepare themselves for the many dangerous risks that the Florida summer exposes. This article will touch upon a few of these risks.
Since Florida is so hot during the summer, most people find themselves relaxing near a pool or lake. Whether you’re swimming in your own pool at home or going to the beach, everyone should brush up on their water safety rules. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, 73 children died in 2014 due to drowning. Florida loses more children to drowning than any other state! Drowning accidents, among other water related accidents, can be 100% preventable with adequate preparation. Here’s a list of a few water safety tips that we should keep in mind:
- Never dive head first in a shallow pool/body of water
- Always use the “buddy system” – be aware of the other swimmers!
- Allow your body to digest your food before swimming
- Never run around a wet deck
- Parents should train/teach their children to swim before exposing them to water.
- Adults should properly supervise children – keep an eye on the kids!
- Use sunscreen and re-apply throughout the day.
- Stay hydrated and never over-exert yourself when swimming
Parents have a heightened duty to protect their kids from an injury involving water. Summer is a popular time for pool and water parties.
If you are hosting a pool party, be sure that your home and pool are safely equipped for children. Windows and doors should be locked and secure at all times. The pool area should be protected by a gate and the deck should constantly be monitored to ensure there are no foreign objects lying around that could cause a child to trip. Children typically fail to appreciate the consequences of their actions, like running around a pool deck, so toys lying on the pool deck can pose a serious risk.
Guest are also responsible for their own child’s safety as well. Parents should make sure that their child is adequately hydrated and should apply sunscreen periodically to avoid sun burns. Despite there being other adults around, parents should keep an eye on their kids at all times. There are never too many precautions you can take when dealing with children, especially if water and sun are involved.
Pool injuries are not the only thing that the Florida summer attracts. With Florida being home to some of the most sought out vacations spots, the roads are filled with lots of drivers. Many of these drivers are eager to get themselves to their destination. Mix in some of the hottest weather in the country, and you have some very dangerous situations.
Inpatient drivers pose a serious risk on the road. When a driver loses their patience, or is “in a rush”, they will often find themselves riding too closely to the driver in front of them; this leads to unnecessary and fatal rear-end collisions. Drivers should always be aware of how dangerous an automobile can be. Drivers should never lose their cool while operating a vehicle and should always understand how important it is to exercise extreme caution. Zipping through traffic to shave five minutes of your drive isn’t worth the amount of danger you put yourself and others around you in.
An Increase in Teenage Drivers
With schools out for summer, the road is also filled with teenage drivers. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to 19 year olds than among any other age group. This is terrifying, especially for parents. Teenage drivers are notorious for distracted driving. Parents should educate their teenage kids to not text and drive. Likewise, parents should also teach their children to never fool around in a car and always respect the driver. Drivers should always create adequate spacing between other cars in the event another driver strays into your lane due to distracting driving.
Parked Hot Cars
At the height of summer, the Florida sun can be punishing. Parked cars can quickly feel like an oven after a few minutes. Aside from the general risks associated with leaving your child in a car, the summer heat should act as an additional deterrent against this deadly practice. It may be unbelievable, but many children are left in cars when parents are distracted or rushing themselves. This practice is especially true in the summer months when kids are out of school and parents deviate from their daily routine. Parents and caretakers have the ultimate responsibility to prevent injury to their children. Despite the important distractions in our daily life, a child’s safety trumps all. Here are a few simple tips that parents can exercise to prevent leaving a child in a car unattended:
- Check the backseat before exiting their vehicle
- Always keep your car doors lock to avoid children wandering into them
- Be sure to warn your children to never play in or near a car
- Educate your child on how to unlock a car from the inside
CONTACT DOLMAN LAW GROUP
The attorneys at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA understand the negative implications that the summer months in Florida reveal. Our attorneys are highly experienced in pursuing claims for victims of negligence. Our attorneys are well-versed in the laws surrounding auto-accident claims, as well various premise liability claims. Feel free to contact our office at (727) 451-6900 for a free consultation of your case.