Summer Safety Tips from KOC

Summer Safety Tips from KOC

Jul 01, 2016

With summer upon us, the long days spent outside have begun. For most of us in East Tennessee, that means days spent hiking, biking, swimming, and soaking up the sun. While enjoying the great outdoors is one of best parts of summer, it can sometimes put you and your family at risk. Avoiding the common pitfalls that can lead to serious injury can help you have a more enjoyable summer. Here are a few tips for keeping your family safe this season:  

Avoid Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can occur when you are exposed to hot temperatures for long periods of time. It’s important to stay well-hydrated and take breaks throughout the day to cool off – even if you’re in the pool. Listen to your body when jogging, hiking, or participating in any other outside activity, and be sure to rest when you feel like you’ve overexerted yourself. This will help minimize the chance of overuse injuries to the foot & ankle, shoulder & elbow, and knees.  

Bicycle Safety

Cycling can be a great form of exercise - one that’s been shown to increase bone and muscle strength and flexibility, and to improve cardiovascular fitness. However, it’s important to take care when cycling to avoid accidents. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1.3 million cycling injuries were reported in 2015. Some important safety precautions that cyclists should take include:

  • Always wear a helmet approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
  • Ride defensively – always cycle in the direction of traffic and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Follow the rules of the road. 
  • Avoid distracted cycling – don’t wear headphones, talk on your phone, or text. 
  • Wear clothing and gear that protects you and helps you be seen any time of day, including reflective material and lights at night.

Diving Safety

Warmer weather means many people are spending time by the pool or lake to stay cool. While this can be a great family activity, there is also a risk of injury, especially when diving. Here are some safety tips you and your family should remember this summer: 

  • Only dive one person at a time.
  • Never dive into shallow water.
  • Never dive into unclear water.
  • Never dive into an above ground pool.
  • Avoid bouncing more than once on a diving board, bounce only at the end of the board, and always swim away from the board as quickly as possible.    

Trampoline Safety

Trampolines can be an excellent way for kids, and adults, to burn off some extra energy. However, trampolines can also be the source of accidents. To reduce your risk, put a safety net around the trampoline to help prevent falls. Also, limit the number of people that are allowed on the trampoline at the same time to avoid collisions.  

Summer is all about having fun and making memories. Don’t let your summer be ruined by an accident or injury. Keep an eye out for potential dangers and be proactive in preventing injuries, then get out and enjoy the sun. 

If you or a loved one has sustained an orthopaedic injury, contact Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic today at 865-558-4444 to schedule an appointment.

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