MemorialCare Health System Your Health: Summer Safety Tips
Some cool advice for hot-weather days
Summer is the time for outdoor fun—but it's also the time when seasonally related accidents and injuries increase visits to emergency rooms by an estimated 20 percent.
"Sunburns can also pose a serious health concern," says Dr. Realmuto. "In fact, severe cases can cause second-degree burns that involve blistering and extreme swelling." When these symptoms are combined with intense pain, nausea or fever, people should seek immediate medical attention. To prevent sunburn, limit sun exposure, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15.
Burns from fireworks and grills also send thousands of people to emergency rooms each year. "Fireworks typically cause serious injuries to the hands, head and eyes," says Dr. Realmuto. "Even handheld sparklers can reach temperatures above 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit."The best advice? Leave fireworks to the pros. When grilling outdoors, make sure children are closely supervised, use the proper starter fluid and never add this highly flammable material when coals or kindling are already hot. Keep these tips in mind—and have a safe, enjoyable summer!
by Robert Realmuto, M.D.
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