Summer: those few cherished months when most flock to the outdoors to take advantage of the abundant sunshine. However, a recent report from Forbes cautions most outdoor summer activities can also lead to serious injuries. The article ranked the “Most Hazardous Summer Activities” proportional to the reported injuries in 2007. A companion article entitled “Most Hazardous Sports” warns the consequences of many popular summer sports as well.
The results are not what you’d expect. Shark attacks or jellyfish stings do not top the list. Instead, many everyday summer activities can cause more harm than most realize. The most hazardous summer activities (from most dangerous to least) include:
The most hazardous summer sports (from most to least):
What can you do to stay safe? Recommendations include:
For sports, Forbes cites the reason for more injuries is people pay less attention to safety standards outside of organized sports. Common sense ways to avoid sporting injuries include:
We encourage our all of our readers to enjoy summer activities safely. Read what the National Resources Defense Council has to say on beach safety.