ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Temperatures tickled 90-degrees this week and there isn’t much relief in the forecast. According to the latest 10-day charts, the mercury will rise into the upper 80’s and low 90’s next week too.
The hot temperatures forced city officials to declare a “Cool Sweep Heat Emergency” in Rochester on Tuesday. The declaration allows the city to extend hours at public pools and beaches, 13 WHAM reported. In some areas, firefighters will release water from hydrants. The Cool Sweep is likely to extend into next week.
With the hot temperatures, many families will be trying to cool off but when you’re around water, there are always hazards, a Rochester slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes said.
“We’re urging all parents to keep a close eye on their children, especially when they’re at the pool or near an open fire hydrant in Rochester,” slip and fall lawyer Ross Cellino said. “It’s important to stay cool and cold water is certainly a great way to do that but it’s also important to stay safe.”
Slip and fall injuries are some of the most common reasons for hospitalization in America and standing water is often the culprit.
“Parents often tell their children not to run around the pool because they know how easy it can be to slip and fall on a small patch of water,” Cellino said. “The same idea applies almost everywhere during this extreme heat.”
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than 8 million hospitalizations are due to falls. It’s the number one reason people are sent to the Emergency Room, making up 21.3 percent of all visits and half of all accidental deaths at home are caused by a fall.
Leaky air conditioners, melting ice near a cooler, and footwear with poor traction (sandals) can all be hazardous in the summertime. Many of these slip and fall incidents occur in stores or in public areas with few warnings.
“Most businesses have a responsibility to warn people about a slippery floor but that responsibility is often neglected,” Cellino said. “We’ve seen so many injuries that could have been prevented if the person was at least warned about a wet floor.”
Rochester slip and fall lawyers say the proper footwear could also prevent an injury. Sandals are “in” during the summer but many brands don’t have nearly enough traction to avoid a slip and fall. Cellino suggests wearing shoes or sneakers when around water or slippery areas, if possible.
With offices across Western and Central New York, Cellino & Barnes is a proud supporter of the Rochester community. Promoting health and safety, the attorneys at Cellino & Barnes hope to make New York State a better place to live and work for everyone. For more information and summertime tips, visit Cellino & Barnes on Facebook.