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Staying safe this summer

When you think of summer, you most likely think of family vacations, long hot days and just simply kicking back, relaxing and enjoying the season. But summer can also be a dangerous time of year. One reason for this is because more people are spending time outdoors where there is a greater chance of injury. If your business operates a swimming pool, spa or golf course; read the tips below to make sure your customers (and employees) remain safe during the summer months.

Swimming Pool Safety

In 2013, the National Safety Council estimated that 184,190 injuries occurred while swimming. The most common poolside injuries are fractures, cuts and bruises resulting from falls on pool decks. Injuries also occur each year due to diving into shallow water. Drain entrapment injuries and fatalities also are common.  

Owners and operators of pools and spas should control access to the water with barriers, fencing, self-closing and self-latching gates as basic protection. In an effort to reduce drownings, non-fatal submersion injuries and entrapments, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has provided information about the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act and other water safety issues. Using swimming pools and spas involves a certain amount of risk, but a day at the pool or an evening in the spa should be safe and fun for everyone.

View our Swimming Pool Topic TravSources® for more information. Simply log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal, click on Technical Tools and then Topic TravSources. Also, be sure to check out the Swimming Pool Safety and Maintenance web page on Travelers Prepare and Prevent.

Safety on the Fairway

Everyone knows about Benjamin Franklin's storied experiment with kites in an electrical storm. But did you know that golf courses are the fifth most likely place to get struck by lightning? According to a study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) covering 36 years, 5 percent of lightning deaths, injuries and property damage are golf related.

View our Golf Facilities Industry TravSources® for more information. Simply log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal, click on Technical Tools, Industry TravSources and choose “Golf Facilities” from the drop-down.

More Lightning Facts

  • There are 25 million lightning flashes every year. (National Severe Storms Laboratory).
  • Lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the U.S. (Ready.gov).
  • According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), lightning injures an average of 300 people and causes about 80 fatalities each year.

Visit the Travelers Prepare and Prevent web page about Thunderstorm Safety, which includes information about what to do if you are caught out in a storm, as well as lightning safety tips.

Severe Weather

The elements of weather can be unpredictable, bringing hail storms, floods, and even tornadoes with alarming severity and frequency. Make sure you are prepared for unexpected storm conditions. Learn how to be ready before and stay safe during, and after, a variety of storms and other types of weather emergencies.

View our Business Continuity Topic TravSources® for more information. Simply log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal, click on Technical Tools and then Topic TravSources. Also, be sure to check out the Weather Safety web page on Travelers Prepare and Prevent.

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