5 Common Summer Dangers


From barbeques and pool parties to road trips and long vacations, the summer season brings plenty of fun under the sun. However, many of these fun activities can also lead to accidents and injuries. 

The following are five common types of hazards during the summertime: 

  • Swimming pool accidents – Although swimming in the pool is a great way to cool off and relax, one of the most common types of accidents involving pools is drowning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the second leading cause of death among children between one and 14 years old and the fifth leading cause of accidental death for all age groups. Children should never swim alone or be left unattended. When swimming in a public pool, always swim in areas where lifeguards are present. 

  • Boating accidents – Boating is another fun way to spend time in bodies of water, but boating accidents are quite common during the summer months. Most boating accidents are caused by inexperienced and negligent operators. If you plan on boating this summer, please take a boating safety course if you do not have experience operating a watercraft. Always wear life jackets, remain alert when boating close to land, or do not consume alcohol or be distracted while boating. 

  • Grilling – Many summer festivities include barbequing. However, when you mix grilling with high temperatures and alcohol consumption, fires, explosions, and injuries may occur. Always grill outdoors and never leave it unattended. Keep the grill away from anything that could catch fire and use the proper grilling tools to avoid burns and other injuries. 

  • Car accidents – Summer vacation plans often include road trips with family or friends. Unfortunately, a lot can go wrong during a long trip, which is why you need to be prepared for anything. Service your car, plan your travel route, prepare an emergency roadside kit before hitting the road. If you feel tired while driving, either have another occupant take over driving duties or rest at a motel or hotel nearby. 

  • Heatstroke – Since the summer months could result in triple-digit temperatures, heatstroke can occur, especially if you are outside drinking alcohol at an event. You drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, stay indoors as much as possible, and wear light and loose clothing. 

If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent party in Colorado, contact the Law Office of Joseph A. Lazzara, P.C. today at (720) 809-8262 for a free consultation. Serving clients in Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe Counties.