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With the warm weather comes a variety of outdoor activities and fun in the sun. Unfortunately, many children and adults end up visiting the emergency department due to accidents that could have been prevented. "We experience an increase in visits to both of our emergency departments during the summer months," says David Neckritz, D.O., medical director of Emergency Services for Ocean Medical Center in Brick and its satellite emergency department, Ocean Care Center in Point Pleasant. "Taking a few easy precautions to avoid accidents can help families keep safe and make the most of summertime fun." Dr. Neckritz offers some simple tips to keep safe and healthy this summer.

Sun Exposure
. Wear sun block to prevent sun burns, and reapply sunscreen after being in the water.
. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
. Limit physical activity whenever high heat and humidity reach critical levels.

. Be careful to watch for flame flare-ups when cooking greasy foods.
. If the grill is portable, be sure to place it in a safe place that is not too close to your home or other buildings that can be damaged by the heat, and not too close to seating areas.
. Keep children a safe distance from the grill, and always supervise them if doing something fun like toasting marshmallows.

Food Safety
. Take special care of food when at outdoor gatherings to avoid food poisoning. Whenever possible, keep food indoors and refrigerated or on the stove until it is ready to be served outdoors.
. Store cold food in a shaded area, in a cooler with ice, keeping the temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
. Hot food should be kept in insulated containers or wrapped well, maintaining at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
. Don't leave food out for more than two hours, and not more than one hour if the outdoor temperature is over 90 degrees.

Pool Safety
. Never leave children unsupervised while swimming, or if they are playing near a pool that is not secured by a gate.
. Float or swimming aids can create a false sense of security. Adult supervision is the best defense when children are swimming.

Beach Safety
. Only swim in designated areas that have a lifeguard.
. Don't swim after-hours when a lifeguard is not present.
. Be careful of riptides. Check with the lifeguard to know about water conditions and possible strong currents or riptides.
. Swim with a buddy whenever possible, and always supervise children.

Yard Safety
. Keep lamp oils out of the reach of children. They can easily be mistaken for apple juice, and when swallowed, can cause damage to the lungs and even death.
. When mowing the lawn, always wear sturdy shoes and wear eye protection to prevent injuries from flying objects.
. Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before unclogging any grass buildups or trying to fix a problem.
. Children under 12 should not use walk-behind lawn mowers, and children under 16 years should not use ride-on mowers.

For those individuals who may require emergency care, Ocean Medical Center offers two convenient locations for immediate service. In addition to the main emergency department located at the hospital on Jack Martin Boulevard, a satellite emergency care center is available in Point Pleasant at the intersection of Routes 35 and 88. The Ocean Care Center specializes in minor emergencies such as breaks, sprains, stitches, burns and stomach ailments. Additionally, Ocean Care Center is available for X-rays, EKGs, lab work, pre-admission testing, and CT scans for the head, abdomen, chest and pelvis. For more information about the services available at Ocean Care Center, call 732-295-6377 or visit www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.

About Ocean Medical Center
Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed, not-for-profit community medical center located in Brick, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center. For more information, please call Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.