11 Summer Safety Tips

From spoiled food to buggy backyards, a little planning will keep your holiday weekend problem-free.


5. A Summer Fall (Off a Ladder)

The problem: A weekend fix-it project can lead to a bad break.

Solve it: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that falls from ladders send more than 530,000 people to the emergency room every year, and many of those falls happen during summer home-renovation projects. If any such projects are on your long-weekend agenda, keep these safety tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons handy: First, don't drink and deconstruct. Make sure you imbibe after your project is done, not before or during. Before climbing, inspect ladders for loose hinges and clean off any mud or debris that could cause you to slip. When working indoors, stand on step stools or stepladders, not chairs, to paint, hang curtains, or make small repairs. Whether indoors or out, always have someone nearby to help steady your base. Men are disproportionately injured in ladder falls, maybe because they won’t ask for help. So spouses or kids, step in and steady that platform without being asked.