As the sun shines brighter and days grow longer, we welcome summer in Michigan, a time ripe for outdoor adventures and recreational activities. But while you’re soaking up the sunshine, it’s important to be aware of potential risks that could dampen your fun-filled season.
At Mihelich & Kavanaugh, our Michigan accident attorneys want everyone in the greater Macomb County region to stay safe this summer. This is a common season for severe accidents, and this guide shares essential tips to help ensure you and your loved ones have a summer to remember.
Tip No. 1 – Practice Safe Boating
Michigan, lovingly known as the “Great Lakes State,” presents countless opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Before setting sail, ensure you’re familiar with boating safety rules. Many accidents occur due to boat operators’ failure to follow safety regulations. Don’t hesitate to participate in a boating safety course.
When you’re on the water, regularly check your boat’s condition, ensuring that the engine, lights, and safety equipment are in optimal working condition. Always have life jackets for each passenger.
Just like when you’re driving, boating under the influence is dangerous and illegal. Operator impairment is a leading cause of boating accidents, so stay sober when you’re at the helm. Finally, remember that Michigan’s weather is often unpredictable. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and watch the sky for sudden changes.
Tip No. 2 – Watch Kids at Playgrounds and Pools
Swimming pools and playgrounds are common locations for children to drown or otherwise injure themselves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there are close to 4,000 fatal drownings every year across the United States. Along similar lines, the National Safety Council reports more than 200,000 children ages 14 or younger go to emergency rooms for playground injuries every year. Always watch young children when they’re near the water and keep an eye on them when they’re using playground equipment.
Tip No. 3 – Be Careful When Grilling
The aroma of a summer barbecue wafting from the backyard is an unbeatable delight. However, it’s vital not to overlook safety during these cherished moments, as grilling can present unseen hazards. The U.S. Fire Administration states that residential grill fires result in approximately ten fatalities and 100 injuries annually. To avoid these tragedies, keep your young ones and furry friends far from the grill. Equip yourself with long-handled tools designed for grilling, ensuring a safe space between you and the flames. Finally, remember it’s always safest to grill outdoors, away from any flammable materials.
Tip No. 4 – Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Fireworks are a cherished staple of the Fourth of July and other summertime celebrations. However, these breathtaking spectacles are best left to trained professionals. A staggering report by USA Today revealed that over 15,000 people across the U.S. found themselves in hospitals due to fireworks-related injuries in 2020 alone. If you’re insistent on creating your own pyrotechnic display, follow these essential safety guidelines:
- Light One at a Time: Lighting multiple fireworks simultaneously can lead to an unpredictable and hazardous situation. Ignite one firework at a time to maintain control and safety.
- Have Water Handy: Always have a bucket of water or a hose nearby. In case of accidental fire or a firework that doesn’t ignite properly, you’ll be ready to douse the danger immediately.
- Ensure Stability: Before launching any firework, ensure it is securely placed on a stable surface. An unstable firework can change trajectory and cause serious harm.
- Child Safety: Children are naturally curious, but fireworks are not for kids. Keep young children at a safe distance and educate them about the risks involved,
Injured? Call Us Today
While we hope these tips ensure a safe, memorable summer, it’s crucial to acknowledge that accidents can still occur despite our best efforts. If you or a loved one are injured in an unfortunate incident, know that our dedicated attorneys are here to assist. Call Mihelich & Kavanaugh at (586) 776-1700 or reach out online today for a consultation.