Accident Recovery Team

SUMMER OF SAFETY 2024

To kick off our Summer of Safety, we want to give away two $500 Summer Fun Gift Cards! Gift cards will be awarded in June and July, so fill out the form on our website and tell us what you would do for fun this summer with an extra $500. 

You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license to enter. 

Read below for safety tips regarding jogging, boating, bicycling, heat, and construction zones.

Jogging

With nicer weather, many joggers and runners are taking their workouts outdoors. Have a summer of safety with these jogging safety tips from the Accident Recovery Team.

  • Recruit a friend. Run in pairs or groups for more visibility. 
  • Avoid jogging at night. If you do run after dark, do so in well-lit areas and consider buying reflective running gear or a runner’s light so that you’re highly visible to traffic.
  • Stay safe in traffic. Face oncoming traffic and wear bright colored clothing to improve your visibility.
  • Carry the essentials. Make sure your ID, phone, house key and any valuables are with you but out of sight. Keep a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help if needed.

Boating

Before hitting the water, always check that your boat equipment is in good working order. Also remember to pack the essentials: water, sunscreen and a first aid kit.

With more people on the water in the summer, boat collisions and accidents are more likely to occur. As you are boating with family and friends the Accident Recovery Team encourages you to wear a life jacket. Life jackets save lives and are essential for everyone on board. Even strong swimmers need life jackets and children should wear a life jacket at all times.

Bicycling

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and ride but before you leave the driveway, here are a few things to check to ensure your bicycle is in working order:

  • Tires – Ensure the tires are properly inflated to help avoid a flat. Check the sidewall of your tire for the recommended tire pressure. Look for cracks or excessive wear on your tires. 
  • Brakes – Squeeze your front and rear brake levers to make sure that the brakes engage properly and smoothly.
  • Chain – Be sure that the chain is lubricated and clean.
  • Gears – Check that everything is clean to ensure the bike shifts easier and lasts longer. Spin the crank and shift through the gears. The chain should transfer smoothly from gear to gear.
  • Fit – Does the bike fit you properly? Should the seat height be adjusted? This is especially important for kids since a bike used the year before may now be too small. 

Bicycle safety also means wearing the proper clothing while riding a bicycle. The Accident Recovery Team encourages bicyclists to wear bright clothing. We also suggest outfitting your bike and clothes with reflective gear, flashing lights and a bell or horn. All of these tips help drivers see you and keep you safe while on the road. Also be sure that you always wear a helmet while riding and that it fits properly. Helmets can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85% and are an important part of your summer of safety.

Heat

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106°F or higher within ten to fifteen minutes. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Seizures
  • Very high body temperature

Other heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. 

  • Heat Exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Heat exhaustion is most likely to affect the elderly, people with high blood pressure, and those working in hot environments. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, heavy sweating, elevated body temperature, and decreased urine output.

  • Heat Cramps usually affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in muscles cause painful cramps and heat cramps can also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. Symptoms are muscle cramps, pain, or spasms in the abdomen, arms, or legs.

  • Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. They can appear as red clusters of pimples or small blisters. They usually show up on the neck, upper chest, groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.

Construction Zones

On average, over 700 fatalities occur in work zones each year. Commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers both need to be particularly careful while traveling through work zones. Follow these 5 ways to stay safe on your next road trip:

  1. Research your route – When possible, avoid work zones and use available detours.
  2. Pay attention – Avoid distractions such as your cell phone, eating, drinking, the radio, GPS and conversing with other passengers.
  3. Slow down -Slow down when entering a work zone and keep an eye out for workers.
  4. Move into the open lane – When approaching lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible.
  5. Keep your distance – Maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you at all times.
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