Icecream, jandals and long, hot days at the beach are
quintessential parts of the classic Kiwi summer.
But they're also the source of hidden dangers - and hundreds
of injury claims to the ACC.
People who slipped on spilt icecream, had a rusty nail
through their jandal and burnt their feet on hot sand are
responsible for some of the almost 440,000 claims to the
corporation between December 1 2012 and February 28, 2013.
ACC injury prevention programme manager Megan Nagel said
there were claims each year with a distinctively seasonal
flavour, including allergic reactions to sunscreen, sand in
the eyes, collapsing deckchairs, burns from the barbie and
muscles pulled while playing backyard cricket.
"Beach-related injuries tend to be more frequent in summer,
as you'd expect, while injuries caused by heaters are more
common in winter.
"Summer can be a popular time for socialising and outside
DIY, so we remind people to be responsible hosts if serving
alcohol, and pay attention to safety when using things like
power tools and ladders."
During summer people often throw themselves into physical
activity after a "less than active" winter, she added.
"Building up your activity gradually and remembering to warm
up before exercising can reduce your risk of injury."
Ms Nagel said falls were the number one year-round cause of
injuries and reminded Kiwis to pay attention to hazards in
the home such as loose rugs, spilled liquids and blown
Autumn was the season that generated the most claims,
followed by summer, winter and spring.
Seasonal injury claims last summer:
877 sand claims
521 barbecue claims
213 jandals claims
67 beach or backyard cricket claims
57 sunscreen claims
54 deck chairs claims
41 icecream claims