MINEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Every year Twin Cities doctors see the same kind of injuries.

“The most common thing that we see are falls,” Dr. Andrew Zinkel, emergency room physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. said.

He said that parents need to keep a close eye on children at playgrounds and around windows. He recommends putting up safety devices that keep them from falling.

They also see a number of heat-related injuries.

“So making sure you’re that you’re bringing water with you…staying hydrated is very important,” he said.

Another thing to be careful of is fires. It’s the time of year for camp fires, and children should never be allowed to run and play near a fire.

“One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is the day after the fire the embers can still be hot enough to cause burns. So just being careful any time you’re around a campfire,” he said

Zinkel also reminds people to be careful on the water as the boat and lake season has started.


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