Health Team

Important tips to keep summertime activities safe

Posted July 2, 2015 5:42 p.m. EDT
Updated July 2, 2015 5:46 p.m. EDT

Summer is always an active time, and not just for vacations. Emergency rooms see an uptick an activity as well, and it's often from an activity that is more popular when the sun is out and temperatures are hot.

Shark encounters top the list of concerns for many, and seven people have been bitten by sharks on North Carolina beaches since June 11.

Another threat, mosquitoes, are also difficult to see. Some mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, so experts recommend wearing repellent while spending time outside. Another option is to wear long sleeves and pants, especially from sunset to sunrise, when mosquitoes are most active.

Those mowing grass should be careful not to hit unseen debris such as rocks. Homeowners should never clear debris from around a mower while it's running, and safety glasses and protective shoes are must.

When gathering for picnics or cookouts, summertime fun-seekers should also be careful to keep refrigerated foods – potato salad or cole slaw – cold. Don't leave those foods at room temperatures for longer than two hours. If it's 90 degrees or warmer, they will only last for an hour.

When grilling, keep the grill away from buildings and branches. Never leave a burning grill unattended, and always keep children and pets clear.