Summer is the time when children get a much-needed break from school and parents get have fun with summer activities. From swimming in the pool to playing outside, children have an endless number of possibilities for their enjoyment. In combination with all the fun, however, is the potential risk of injury.
How Can I Prevent Summertime Injuries?
Many injuries can be avoided with some common sense, but children are usually too preoccupied with what is happening around them to pay attention to potential dangers. The best defense to injury is discussing it with children and warning them about what may occur with their favorite summertime activity.
Some common summertime injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Open fire burns
- Firework injuries
- Fractures and sprains
- Impact and body strains caused by amusement park rides.
One of the most common injuries children experience in the summer is burns. Whether it be a burn from the sun or a burn from an open flame, summertime invites elevated heat levels. Sunburns, open fire burns, and firework injuries are all easily preventable with a few measures. First and foremost, supervision can prevent many injuries. By ensuring that children are safe when they are near grills, campfires, and when using fireworks, serious burn injuries can be avoided. In addition, parents should let children know of the proper way to conduct themselves around objects that cause burns in order to lay the groundwork for proper behavior when they are not present.
While it may seem excessive to worry about all of the ways that children may be injured during the summer, preventing summer injury makes a difference. Parents should teach their children the ways to minimize damages, such as wearing a helmet, using sunscreen, and supervising children when they are around fires.
Has a loved one experienced a summertime injury? D'Alessandro & Wright, LLC is here to help! Contact our Providence office for a free initial consultation.