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Ottawa Accident Lawyers Give Top 7 Tips for Keeping Safe This Summer

As Canadians, after the long winter, we always appreciate the warmer weather that summer brings. It is a time for vacations, being outside and graduations and other celebrations. But all this fun in the sun comes with some risks – below are our top seven tips for staying safe and healthy this summer.

1. Wear a Helmet

Who doesn’t love to leave the car at home and bike when the weather gets warmer? Make sure to get your bike tuned up at the start of the season and check it over before you go out to ensure it is still in good working condition. Always wear the appropriate safety equipment – including a helmet and make sure you have a properly working bell.

2. Be Prepared while Driving in the Country

Whether travelling to a friend’s cottage or heading to a provincial park for the first time, it is important you are prepared while driving on country roads that you are less familiar with. Plan your route in advance, check the weather and make sure you have a charged cell phone with you in your vehicle. Remember to always wear your seatbelt!

3. Don’t Drink and Drive

The warm weather brings family barbeques and patio season, which often go hand in hand with alcoholic beverages. If you are planning to drink, make sure that you have a designated driver, take a taxi, or plan to stay overnight. Do not drive a car or a boat if you have been drinking. Call Howard Yegendorf & Associates if you have been involved in a drunk driving accident.

4. Look out for Cyclists, Children and Pedestrians

With the warmer weather we all want to be active and outside. With school out, our kids are most likely outside and enjoying the warmer weather, too. While in the city, make sure you look out for the additional cyclists, pedestrians and children who are out and about and share the road safely!

5. Secure Your Backyard Pool

If you have a backyard pool, make sure you lock it up to prevent neighbourhood kids from entering and potentially getting hurt when you are not around. You may even want to consider installing a lock with an alarm.

6. Check out Parks before You Play

Before letting your children play at a new park, check the equipment for any safety concerns, including loose screws, sharp points or edges, and safety railings on elevated platforms like ramps, bridges and stairs. Ensure the equipment is in good condition and supervise the children while they play.

7. Watch out for the Undertow

While travelling to the beach this summer, make sure you are careful in the water. Always swim with a buddy, swim within your comfort zone and watch out for the powerful undertow. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Consult a Professional

Even with these precautions, accidents do happen. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident this summer, contact us today for your free initial consultation.