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Save yourself from summer dangers

Whether you’re hitting the beach or relaxing in your own backyard this weekend, it’s important to remember some important summer safety tips along the way.  

Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor for FoxNews.com, spoke to Dr. Mark Melrose, of Urgent Care Manhattan, about how to avoid common summer health hazards.

Food poisoning
If you’re attending a summer picnic or barbecue, take precautions to avoid food poisoning. After an hour or two in the heat, any foods that are typically refrigerated should be thrown out, Melrose advised.

“Don’t be tempted to bring home leftovers that have been left outdoors all day long. You’ve got to toss them,” Melrose said.

Water hazards
A trip to the beach or a dip in the pool presents its own safety concerns, especially if small children are involved. Make sure children are never unattended near a pool or beach, and if you’re on a boat, everybody should wear a life jacket, Melrose advised.

Also, look out for swimming injuries, especially when people are diving into the water, and react quickly if anyone gets hurt.

“If you dive into a pool and hit your head, that would be a reason to call 911,” Melrose said.

Sunburns and heat stroke
People planning to spend time outside in the sun should also watch out for sunburns and heat stroke, Melrose advised.

“The number one solution is to avoid the heat, get into the shade. Get into a cool building,” Melrose said.

Most importantly, remember to stay hydrated on hot days, and don’t forget to put on lots of sunscreen when you’re spending time outdoors.

“Summer time is definitely busier in hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers. If you take proper measures you can definitely save yourself a trip to the doctor,” Melrose said.