Enjoy the summer break, but be sure to take care

The National First Aid Center (EKAB) has begun a campaign to get people back from their summer holidays safe and sound, suggesting a few simple measures to bear in mind when traveling and at the beach. Accidents happen more often in summer because of the high temperatures that lead to exhaustion, not to mention the bright sunlight, weekend traffic, children inside the home for long hours during school vacations, and rented motorcycles in an advanced state of disrepair. Strong sunlight inhibits visibility, so keep those windscreens clean and don’t wear sunglasses that are too dark. Drinking does not mix with driving, but it is also responsible for a number of deaths by drowning. Swimmers should also be on the lookout for powerboats and jet skis coming too near the shore and should report any transgressors to the port police. Parents need to be particularly vigilant with their children in the home and on the streets. And last but not least, summer in Greece unfortunately means forest fires, and this year the weather bureau is predicting extreme conditions.

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