Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

July 14, 2014

Precautions for what’s left of summer

-- — Summer is a time of rest, vacations and trips. It is a time when school is out, when people take time off from work, when people may stay out a little later. It is a time of swimming, trying new things, and seeking adventure.

Summer seems made for fun, but with all of that time off, all of the adventures sought, summer can also be a time of danger if a person isn’t careful.

Even though summer seems to be winding down, there’s still nearly a month of recess remaining before school returns.

From children swimming in pools and lakes to riding bikes along busy streets to teens driving late nights to adults trying adventurous feats for the first time, from oceans to camping to skiing to hiking, summer can be filled with dangerous situations.

One should not avoid these activities. They are the things of summer, which should be fine pages in each person’s life. Yet, we should enter these activities with our eyes wide open.

Have summer fun but follow the rules.

Adults should keep an eye on children swimming. Teach youngsters the rules of the road for bicycles while motorists should keep in mind that youngsters are out of school and outdoors playing. Avoid texting while driving. Heed all precautions if entering an adventure.

These safeguards cannot guarantee a danger-free summer, but they can reduce the possibilities of accidents. A few precautions may create a summer of fine memories rather than a summer of tragic regrets.

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