We all look forward to spending more time outdoors with our friends and family members in the summer. My family takes full advantage of all the outdoor activities Western New York has to offer, even the ones that require some travel. It’s fun though because we all get involved and take the extra time to map out the safest routes and locate local emergency services and find the best places to eat!

Rich Barnes at The Barnes Firm took a few minutes to talk with us in June about National Safety Month and how we can stay safe on the roads or when participating in outdoor activities. Here’s what he had to say:

Rich shared that safety on local roads and highways is very important because there are so many more people driving and riding bicycles and motorcycles. Everyone sharing the road should use extra caution and extra distance. Drivers should have a heightened awareness of their surroundings and be more alert. Even when walking or riding bikes, or partaking in other outdoor activities, we should all be significantly more careful.

And, let's not forget that summer means water. Whether it's the backyard pool, a beach, or being on a boat, we should all take extra precautions. For example, adults and children in any body of water should know how to swim. It’s always a good idea to make sure that an adult who is watching children in water know how to swim. There should always be supervision of children in or around water to avoid any accidents from occurring. When boating, adults and children alike should wear life jackets on boats; adults driving the boats should also obey speed limits on the water. And lastly, don’t forget the sunscreen!

Ultimately, we should all be paying attention and looking out for one another. If there is an accident or an injury, stay calm. Assess the situation with a clear head and contact emergency services as soon as possible so that they can help in whatever manner they can.

If you have questions and need help, visit The Barnes Firm or call (800) 800-0000  – it could be the best call you make!

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