Outdoor Injury Prevention

file6691312715979Did you know that June is National Great Outdoors Month? From the hiking trails at Versailles State Park to your own backyard, it’s a wonderful time of year to get outside.

A little preparation and prevention can go a long way when it comes to preventing hiking injuries and other outdoor injuries. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while hiking, camping, kayaking, or otherwise exploring the outdoors this summer!

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol impairs your abilities, which can be especially dangerous if you are swimming or on the water. Both caffeine and alcohol can lead to an increased risk of dehydration on hot summer days. Be sure to enjoy alcohol responsibly and hydrate regularly.
  • Don’t skip the sunscreen! It’s important for skin cancer prevention and can prevent you from getting a painful sunburn while outdoors.
  • Bring a flashlight if you’ll be outside at night. It can help you watch for uneven terrain and prevent trips and falls.
  • Wear proper footwear. The wrong shoes on a hike can spell disaster. Loose shoes could cause you to slip and fall. Tight shoes could cause serious blisters.
  • Don’t swim in areas that are marked “no swimming.” Be sure to swim with a friend and follow swimming safety guidelines.
  • Pack bug spray to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Shower after spending time outdoors and check carefully for ticks (which can carry Lyme Disease).

If you are injured outdoors due to poorly maintained equipment or other problems at a property maintained by another party, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney. If that’s the case, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.