16 ways to keep safe this summer

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on June 14, 2018

With Memorial day right around the corner to kickoff Summer, there's nothing like summer activities to bring the family together and put a smile on everyone's face. Keep the good times going, but don't forget to play it safe!

All summer long, Reeve Foundation Information Specialists are inundated with calls and emails from family members looking for resources and support because there are so many injuries during the summer months. More than 1.2 million Americans are living with spinal cord injuries today. Many of these injuries were caused from sporting, recreational, and motor vehicle accidents.

That's why it is especially important to remind teenagers and young children about outdoor safety during this time of year.

Here are some easy steps to keep your family safe this summer:

At the pool or beach
  • Do not dive in less than nine feet of water.
  • Don't drink and dive -- ever!
  • Be aware of sandbars
  • Don't run on a pool deck
  • No board, no diving!
  • On a boat
  • Keep your distance from other boats.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Don't dive off the boat -- go feet first.
  • While body surfing hold board so it extends past head
On your bike
  • Always wear a helmet that is snug, fitted, and level.
  • Replace your helmet if it is cracked, damaged or more than three to five years old
Heading down the highway
  • Don't let passengers in the car distract you
  • Never text while driving
  • Buckle up. Make sure the bottom strap rests across your hips and the shoulder strap across your chest
  • Make sure every child is in a car seat appropriate for his or her age and size

While these safety tips may seem simple, they are incredibly important. Please share these tips with your family and friends, and reach out to the Reeve Foundation with any questions.

Download our Summer Safety Checklist now.

Have a happy and safe summer!

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