Planning for a Safe and Healthy Summer

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 30, 2016

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.

 

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Summer Feet: Five Tips for Protection

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 14, 2016

When walking outside in the summer, opt for shoes that offer more support and protection.

When walking outside in the summer, opt for shoes that offer more support and protection.

Contributor: James Ioli, DPM, is Chief of Podiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

As summer approaches, the season for flip-flops and sandals also arrives. In this post, Dr. Ioli  advises caution when making the switch to sandals from closed-toe shoes and offers some helpful tips to protect your feet during these warmer months.

  • Invest in your summer footwear.

“You get what you pay for,” says Dr. Ioli. “Instead of a cheaper pair of flip-flops, opt for sandals or flip- flops that offer more support.”  Look for a deep heel cup, arch support, and a metatarsal pad (under the balls of the feet), which helps protect and support the foot when walking.

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