It’s the official start of summer, and we’re all looking forward to fun in the Florida sun. While our state’s weather tends to be nice all year long, summertime has a special feeling. But summer fun means we often put ourselves in more situations that can cause injuries or other legal problems. While we can be here for you if you run into trouble, we also want to be sure everyone stays safe in the first place. Here are some safety tips to help you enjoy your summer.
Stay Safe in the Summer Heat
If you had to pick one word to describe Florida in the summer, it’s “hot!” And summertime heat means more risk of illness and even injury. When the temperatures reach the high 90s or even into the 100s, you must stay safe if you spend time outside. While we can’t sue the sun if you get sunburned, we recommend using appropriate sunscreen to protect your skin. And don’t forget your hat.
Practice Safety Around Water
While we live in inland Florida, you don’t have to go too far in either direction to get to the water. And, of course, many of us in Florida have pools and other water access closer to home. You want to be safe around water at all times. Children should be supervised. And be cautious if you’re in a position where someone else’s negligence could endanger you. If you have a residential pool, you’ll want to ensure you comply with The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act.
Wear a Helmet when Biking or Motorcycling
The Florida helmet laws for motorcycles changed in the summer of 2020. Now, only riders under 21 are required to wear a helmet when riding or operating a motorcycle. But there’s another stipulation. If you’re over 21, you must also have an insurance policy that offers over $10,000 in medical benefits. Of course, wearing a helmet is often the safe choice, even if it’s not legally required. And don’t forget, children under 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in Florida.
Car and Passenger Safety
At Glassman & Zissimopulos, we talk to many people injured in auto accidents. While there may be fewer weather hazards in the summer, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still challenges. Other drivers are often your most significant risk on the road. Always wear your seatbelt, don’t drink and drive, and if you are injured in a car accident, call us right away. Time is critical when putting together your case.
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