Planning for a Safe and Healthy Summer

June 30, 2016 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Summer has finally arrived and many of us are busy planning celebrations, barbecues, and outdoor activities.  Follow these tips from our experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to have a healthy and safe summer.

Summer-3Deceptively Dangerous – Avoiding Burn Injuries from Sparklers

Sparklers can cause serious injury because they can burn at up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  Fireworks are banned in Massachusetts, but you may be traveling to a state where sparklers and other fireworks are allowed. Learn how to avoid injuries and treat burns from sparklers.


Summer-2Grilling Food Safely

Use a  thermometer to determine if food has been cooked to the correct temperature. To kill bacteria, hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, ground poultry to 165 degrees, and poultry parts to 180 degrees. Follow these tips and more to safely prepare foods at your next barbecue.


Summer-6Understanding and Preventing Tennis Injuries

Tennis is a great way for people of all ages and levels of athletic ability to stay in shape. Tennis has many proven health benefits, such as improving cardiovascular fitness, balance, motor control, hand-eye coordination, bone strength, and flexibility. Learn how to avoid some of the most common tennis injuries, whether you’re a pro or a beginner.

Summer-5Golf Injuries – How to Avoid the Rough

Golf is a terrific way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active, especially if you choose to walk the course. On average, a golfer playing 18 holes on foot will walk anywhere from three to six miles. Read our tips on the prevention of common golf injuries and how to recognize the signs of injury.



Five Tips to Protect Your Feet During Summer

As summer approaches, the season for flip-flops and sandals also arrives. Although convenient and an easy option for both adults and children to wear, James Ioli, DPM, Chief of Podiatry, advises caution when making the switch to sandals from closed-toe shoes. Here he offers some helpful tips to protect your feet during these warmer months.


Summer-4Healthy Summer Outdoors 

Most of us will endure many bug bites and stings and an occasional overdose of the sun during the summer. Donald B. Levy, MD, Medical Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, offers some tips on using sunscreen and insect repellent properly.


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