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Avera Medical Minute: Summer Fun & Safety

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It's that time of year when people love to be out and about, soaking up the sun. But summer fun can come to a screeching halt if you're not careful.

We wait all year to get out and enjoy the sun. But experts say it's easy to get caught up in the activity and forget some of the common-sense advice Mom used to tell us.

Doctor Don Koziak treats patients in the Avera McKennan Emergency Room. He says, "Orthopedic injuries are one of our biggest things that we see. People are out doing a lot more bike-riding, fixing things, in their yard, kids are out on their roller blades, those kinds of things are very common."

We'll begin with kids. If they're out on their bikes, make sure you protect their heads. Dr. Koziak says, "Make them wear a helmet. You can get really cheap helmets at most of the department stores here that are well worth the investment."

But adults like to play hard too. That's okay, as long as you remember to take breaks and drink plenty of water.

Dr. Koziak says, "For those softball players that are going to be out in the sun for 8 or 9 hours playing softball, and then mixing that with alcohol, and trying to stay up with your hydration throughout the entire day is going to be very important."

Then there's fireworks.  Whether you're a kid or an adult, the same rules apply.

Dr. Koziak says, "It can cause a lot of injuries so it's better to put them on the ground, shoot them off one by one. It's an individual sport, you should only have one person doing it."

Remember the most common tips: wear plenty of sunscreen and if you're working in the sun, be sure to take 15 minute breaks to keep your body happy.

Here's one more thing Dr. Koziak wants you to keep in mind. When you're mowing, don't wear flip flops.  He says very often rocks will fly out of the mower, and if they end up embedded between your toes, chances are, you'll need a trip to the E.R.


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