July is the peak of summer— the kids have been out of school for a month, the pool’s reached optimal swimming temperature, fireworks are a central feature of 4th of July parties, and monsoons won’t hit for another few weeks. The month is the picture of relaxation, the pinnacle of the season of hammocks, road trips, and backyard barbecues.
It’s also the most dangerous month of the year for accidents.
The National Safety Council recently released their latest data on preventable deaths, finding that they reach their highest levels during July and August. From 2011 to 2015, over 58,000 people died in July alone, all from preventable deaths such as accidental poisoning, auto accidents, drowning, and fires. And the numbers are on the rise, with 2015’s statistics representing a 7% jump from the previous year.
Maureen Vogel, spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, told the New York Post that impaired driving is a large contributing factor to these numbers, especially between holidays like July 4th and Labor Day. The opioid crisis is also highlighted by the Post as an influence on the numbers. Other risks could include lack of safety and monitoring around pools, falling in wet areas, and fire hazards like poorly maintained grills.
For Arizonans, several of those safety hazards should catch the eye. Pools are increasingly common in homes in the Valley, leading to accidental drowning, as well as slips and falls, which can cause serious injury. Additionally, our dry climate can make the risk of fire even higher. And as far as road safety is concerned, the state already has a poor record, with a 15.6% increase in crash fatalities from 2014 to 2015, and an overall fatality rating 61% above the national average.
The tragedy of the NSC numbers is that the situations were all entirely preventable. Being aware of these potential dangers is an important step in avoiding them. Pool activity should always be monitored, spills promptly cleaned up, alcohol consumption kept at responsible levels, and driving kept free of distractions or impairment. Not only does this caution protect others, it also protects you from possible liabilities.
However, as the statistics show, accidents are an unfortunate part of the modern world. Even the most vigilant people can fall victim to circumstances out of their control, especially if they are the result of another person’s negligence. Undoubtedly, many of the NSC numbers were caused by someone else’s recklessness. If this happens, and death or injury is caused, Bellah Perez’s personal injury attorneys can obtain damages for you or your loved ones. Through your case, your accident can also help prevent injury or death to others at the hands of a negligent individual. Speaking up can thwart more tragedies.
Nonetheless, none of these fears should keep you from enjoying your summer. Just don’t let your vacation lull you into a feeling of complacence, either around the pool, at the grill, or behind the wheel. Swim with supervision, drive safely, drink responsibly, and have a wonderful, safe July.
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