Preventing Summer Injuries 

Summer is a season full of beautiful weather, vacations, sports, and other enjoyable outdoor activities. Unfortunately, summer also means an increase in injuries. There are many ways to prevent the injuries that are most common during the summer months, as you and your family enjoy the warm weather. Here you can find helpful tips and facts to help you have a safe and injury-free summer.

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Preventing Summer Injuries Brochure
Drowning Fact Sheet    
Drowning Fact Sheet (Spanish)

Prevention Tips

Motor Vehicles

  • Always use seat belts
  • Always use age appropriate car seats and child restraints
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol
  • Never use devices that cause distractions(cell phones or other electronics)
  • Comply with the Graduated Driver License law for teens by enforcing driving curfews and limiting number of teens in the vehicle
  • Never drive while drowsy

Teen Drivers

  • Always use seat belts
  • Follow principles of the Graduated Driver License, including restricting the numbers of passengers, night time driving, and cell phone use
  • Sign a parent-teen driving contract
  • Practice driving with a licensed adult in a variety of conditions (rain, night, snow, and icy roads)

Motorcycles

  • Always wear a FMVSS certified helmet
  • Always wear proper footwear and abrasive resistant clothing
  • Complete safety training course
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol
  • Never drive while drowsy
  • Always drive a motorcycle with daytime running lights or headlights on

All-Terrain Vehicles

  • Complete an accredited training courses for all operators (classroom and field training)
  • Always use a helmet while operating an ATV
  • Never allow children under the age of 16 years old to operate an ATV
  • Always use other protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, long sleeved shirt and pants, and ankle high boots
  • Never carry passengers unless the ATV is specifically designed for a passenger
  • Always ride on off-road (unpaved) surfaces 
  • Ride during adequate daylight, potential hazards may not be easily detected using the ATV headlights

Swimming

  • Install 4-sided fences around swimming pools with self locking gates
  • Always wear life jackets when boating
  • Always supervise children in/around any body of water
  • Designate a “water watcher”, who is a person who agrees to watch the water where children are playing at all times without being distracted

Personal Watercraft

  • Always wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • All operators should attend a safety training course 
  • Inspect watercraft annually to ensure that it is safe and operational
  • Do not allow children under 16 years old to operate a personal watercraft 
  • Never drive watercraft where people are swimming

Bicycles

  • Always use a helmet
  • Use hand signals
  • Always follow traffic signals
  • Always wear bright clothes during the day to increase visibility
  • Always wear reflective clothing at night
  • Never build/use jumping ramps
  • Attach head/tail lights on bicycle
  • Attach reflectors on bicycle
  • Never allow children to ride their bicycle at night

Fireworks

  • Take kids to watch a professional fireworks display
  • Tell children to stay away from fireworks and sparklers

Individual and Team Sports

  • Prevention training for coaches in traumatic brain injury, dehydration, and concussion management
  • Always supervise minors in organized sports
  • Always use athletic safety equipment during play and ensure it is the right size

Hiking and Climbing

  • Always perform safety checks of equipment before each use
  • Complete a safety course on proper climbing techniques 
  • Always use appropriate fall protection on heights above 15 feet 
  • If a snake is seen while hiking, back away from it slowly and do not touch it
  • Always apply insect repellent containing DEET and check often for ticks
  •  Always travel with a supply kit that contains: first aid kit, compass/GPS, map, flashlight, blanket, batteries, food, clothes, water, and medications