Tips to protect against summer-related injuries

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,

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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