summer-drivingWith the deep freeze of winter finally behind us, the anticipation of summer being around the corner is causing people to get outside in droves to enjoy the sites and sounds of our city streets and neighborhoods. Joggers, bikers, skateboarder and other pedestrians and motorists are beginning to emerge in full force sharing the roads and sidewalks. Welcome to “Trauma Season”.

This time of year being May to September is said to be the busiest time of year in hospital emergency rooms when it comes to trauma type injuries.

Although most of us would expect winter to be the most dangerous time of year for traumatic injuries (given the ice and low lighting conditions) there is a significant increase in personal injuries in the warmer months ranging from dog bites, motor vehicle accidents, swimming/diving injuries, bicycle and motorcycle injuries.

With people driving faster and more people out on the streets, there is an exceedingly higher admission rate for motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicle and other types of accidents due to warming temperatures.

The best ways to prevent these types of injuries are to use common sense.

Keep a proper lookout for pedestrians, keep your dog on a leash and don’t dive head first in the shallow end.

If you have a pool, make sure it is gated/fenced off. Supervise your children and make sure they are not playing in laneways, parking lots or unfenced areas near busy streets.

Have a fun and stay safe!

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