Fun Time in the Summer

But not for everyone. It’s like that West African Proverb, “There is only one kind of common sense, and 40 varieties of lunacy”.

Almost 300,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every summer due to gardening accidents. The most serious of these involve the lawn mower, which removes hands, feet, and some lives every year. Over 10% of the victims are under 15.

Then there are the 20,000 people who have water skiing accidents, by crashing into boats (50%), docks (12%), each other, or other objects (including 6% who fight with propellers). Some of these skiers end up paralyzed or dead. Too many of the victims are unsupervised youth.

Did you know that wading pools will claim about 1,500 children. Wading pools! Where’s mom or dad?

Every summer there are over 10,000 diving accidents and about 6% of these involve spinal cord injuries. Just remember the first rule of diving. “First time feet first”.

Do you love golf? Ever played on a stormy day? If your hair stands on end or your skin tingles, drop to the ground immediately. Lightning may be about to hit.

Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done”.

This summer, do things as they ought to be done.

(all data refers to combined U.S. and Canadian statistics, rounded for the sake of this article)

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