NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Summer has a way of lulling otherwise careful people into a false sense of security -- one that can leave them more vulnerable to health and safety hazards.
"An accident can happen in a split second, and the key is to avoid situations that could result in an injury," says Rick Gerlach, senior director of safety and health at Cincinnati work apparel and safety company Cintas. "Summertime safety is something we stress with our more than 30,000 employee-partners to keep them safe at work and at home every day. By being aware of the potential risks, you can experience a safer summer."
Cintas offers a list of potential summer safety hazards, and how to avoid them:
Head injuries in the yard. Americans love their yards and lawns and spend hours outside working to beautify both. But watch out when using lawn mowers and power tools -- they can spit out rocks and other hard debris that can cause injury. "To protect yourself, always wear closed-toe shoes, protective eyewear and hearing protection equipment," Cintas advises.
Glass shards. Cool beverages on the patio are a great idea, but have a quick "clean-up" plan if a glass, dish or pitcher breaks, especially around kids. "If glass shatters, first alert people nearby of the hazard," Cintas says. "Using a broom, sweep all of the large pieces into a dust pan. Next, use a portable vacuum to safely remove small pieces and shards. In case of a minor laceration, make sure your first-aid cabinet is stocked with antibiotic ointment and bandages. For more serious lacerations, seek immediate medical assistance."