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5 Common Reasons for Summer ER Visits

5 Common Reasons for Summer ER Visits

The lazy days of summer have been known to leave people in the last place they want to be – the emergency room. Here are a few of the top injuries and ailments we see during summer months, and guess what? They are all avoidable!

  1. Sunburns
  • Always wear sunscreen (with an SPF of 30 or higher). Apply it liberally and often, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear a visor or cap when you’re outdoors for long periods of time and avoid direct sun exposure during the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (when the sun is at its hottest).
  1. Dehydration
  • Drink plenty of water every day, especially if you’re going to be out in the sun.
  • Know the signs of dehydration: dizziness, nausea and fatigue.
  1. Water-related injuries
  • Watch children closely at the pool and/or beach and invest in swim lessons for your child.
  • When riding in a boat or participating in water sports (jet skis, water skis), wear a life vest at all times.
  • At the beach, never swim alone. Make sure children always swim with a “buddy.”
  1. Burns from outdoor cooking
  • Never grill in enclosed areas – carbon monoxide can build up.
  • Be sure the fuel line is properly connected to the propane tank and the tank is not overfilled.
  • Do not add lighter fluid to an already lit fire. The flames could flash back into the container causing it to explode.
  • Supervise children closely and keep matches and lighters out of reach.
  • Never dispose of coals in paper, plastic or wooden containers.
  • Douse coals with plenty of water and stir them to ensure the fire is completely out.
  1. Firework Mishaps
  • Carefully read and follow instructions for each type of firework.
  • Always have adult supervision - never let young children handle fireworks.
  • Sparklers should immediately be placed in water after they burn out.
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time.
  • Consider attending public firework displays instead of popping your own.

If you do find yourself with one of these injuries, seek medical attention immediately. Baton Rouge General’s ER is here to help, or for those serious, but non-life-threatening conditions, BRG has Urgent Care locations open 7 days a week for you and your family.