As summer is in full swing, people tend to spend more time enjoying the warmer weather and engaging in outdoor activities like cooling off in a swimming pool, spending time on the beach, making trips to the playground or taking a vacation with their families. While these activities offer fun play space for children and their family members, they are also a place where slip and fall injuries are likely to occur. Exercise-related injuries or sports injuries and conditions are also common during the summer season, mainly with weekend warriors who indulge in cross-fit exercises, yoga and so on. Common injuries that weekend warriors suffer from include – muscle sprains/strains, low back pain, fractures, knee pain, tendonitis or rotator cuff injuries. Getting enrolled in slip and fall prevention programs in Brooklyn is a great option to minimize such injury risks.
According to the National Safety Council, falls account for nearly one-third of all non-fatal injuries in the United States (2019 statistics). It is estimated that about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments each year for fall injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in hotels and their parking lots, pools and even airports when traveling to and from a holiday destination. Minor injuries can be easily handled by taking adequate rest, icing the injured area and elevating the injured area. While other serious injuries may require surgery, several other non-invasive treatments offered by multi-specialty pain management centers help to relieve pain, restore functional ability and improve strength.
Here are some tips to avoid common summer time slip-and-fall accidents –
- Keep a close eye on children – Generally, children tend to get excited to go to the playground and have fun time to run around. Always keep a close eye on children on where they are and what activities they are engaged in. Inspect the playground area before hand as in some cases the playground equipment could be broken causing severe slip and fall injury. Never ever allow children to go near the pool area unless a responsible adult is accompanying or supervising them.
- Make sure gates and railings are secure – Broken railings and open gates can cause serious injuries, particularly in an environment where children are running and climbing. Before allowing your children play, check whether the gates enclosing the area are closed and secure. Also, look at any railings along walkways and stairs to make sure they are safe.
- Use sunscreen lotion – Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage the skin and even cause skin cancer. Make sure you apply sunscreen lotion (with a minimum 25 SPF), and reapply it every 2 hours, before going out during summer. To avoid burns, look for varieties labeled 30 – 50 SPF. For slight burns, use an aloe lotion and a mild oral pain reliever such as ibuprofen.
- Plan the right time for exercise – Create a perfect time schedule for exercising during summer time, or else you may end up with dehydration or heat exhaustion. Make a habit to exercise early morning. Avoid exercising from 10 am to 3 pm, as the sun rays will be hottest during this time.
- Clothing – Wear loose-fitting, light weight cotton material that will quickly absorb the sweat. Loose fit clothes will also allow air to circulate between the skin and the material.
- Remain hydrated – People, who do rigorous exercise, tend to sweat a lot. Increasing the intake of water will help you stay hydrated and thereby prevent symptoms like – dizziness and unusual fatigue.
- Wear the right shoes – Always wear appropriate footwear while doing exercises during summer. Depending on what type of exercises you are doing, wear shoes with soles that can grip the floor or ground. Flip flops and sandals are less secure, have low grip and cause slips. For example, if you are running, choose a shoe with good shock absorption which will reduce the impact running can have on your spine. Supportive shoes and orthotics are good options that take the extra stress off the ligament. In multi-specialty pain management centers, physicians recommend Foot Levelers Orthotics soles that can be easily slipped into any type of closed footwear. By supporting the foot’s natural structure, these functional orthotics soles help alleviate pain throughout the body and improve balance.
- Be aware of your surroundings – It is important to pay attention to warning signs in order to avoid puddles and slippery surfaces. Hotels or other businesses need to display warning signs that indicate wet floors. In addition, hotels with loose carpets and doorjambs can pose hazardous conditions.
- Do not run in wet areas – Walking slowly with smaller steps near wet areas will lessen your chances of slipping and falling. Public pools often tend to have many greasy/slippery surfaces like changing rooms, walkways and diving boards. Follow all pool safety rules and keep the area around the pool clear of furniture, toys and other hazardous objects.
Following the above mentioned safety tips can help prevent summer time slip and fall accidents. Property owners need to take the essential precautions against any known hazards, such as repairing broken concrete or removing obstacles to foot traffic. Keep warning signage boards to alert people about the hazardous areas.
Stay away from slip and fall injuries this summer by taking a few safety steps!