Tips to protect against summer-related injuries

Climbing temperatures and more time outdoors come with some increased health risks.

Climbing temperatures and more time outdoors come with some increased health risks. (6/24/13)

THE BRONX - Summer is already heating up in the Bronx, and there are some easy ways you can stay safe while enjoying the outdoor weather.

Jeffrey Avner, a pediatrician at Montefiore Medical Center, says there are plenty of summer-related injuries that everyone should be aware, such as sunburns, bug bites and drowning.

To guard against the sun, doctors urge everyone to use a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30, and to wear light, protective clothing and hats.

Swimming in a pool or at the beach is another potential summer danger. Parents are reminded that children should never swim unattended, even if they have a flotation device, and that they can drown in as little as one inch of water.

It's also important to stay hydrated as the temperatures rise, and the city's Water-On-the-Go program is helping out. It's rotating portable drinking fountains around more than 20 different public spaces citywide through the end of summer.  

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