It is a holiday weekend. It is time to relax, spend time with your friends and family, and have some fun. But, sometimes that fun can be harmful to your health. A holiday weekend may mean fun in the sun for some people, but for hospital and emergency employees it means working overtime. Trauma program manager Bernie Medeiros said, "More people are outside doing wheeled sports and in the water, so there's certainly an increase in injury." If you want to beat the odds and not end up at the emergency room, plan ahead and take precautions. "Be careful of rip currents, watch the lifeguards, they have flags out -- green, yellow and red. If it's red they typically don't want you in because of rip currents," said Medeiros. Mediros said, "life jackets are a must especially for small children." If you plan on biking or skateboarding, wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads. Also, don't dive in shallow water, remember to re-apply your sunscreen and if children are near water, medical professionals say they should always be wearing a life jacket.
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