Each summer, doctors prepare for more than just scraped knees and bruises.
They said the warmer months give way to more outdoor activities and a particular list of injuries.
“It's all common sense stuff which unfortunately people don't always think about,” said Dr. Steven Wolf, chairman of emergency medicine, St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
Doctors said they have not seen an increase in the number of visits during the summer. It’s the type of injuries for which they prepare.
“It's just a little bit of a different balance,” Wolf said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 percent of the year’s ER visits are attributed to summer injuries.
In Connecticut, alcohol is a top contributor to those injuries.
“You really tend not to think about your own safety,” Wolf said. “So alcohol makes that worse.”
Violence is another cause, particularly in urban areas.
“Tempers get hot with the hot weather and unfortunately we've been seeing an upturn, actually across the country,” Wolf said.
Doctors said they also prepare for water-related mishaps.
“We get boating accidents, drownings [and] injuries from propellers,” Wolf said.
Fireworks are a concern as well.
“The illegal fireworks are much more powerful,” Wolf said. “And so people blow off pieces of their finger and we've had significant deaths with those as well.”
Burns from the grill and sun, insect bite and other allergic reactions and motorcycle crashes round out the top injuries.
“At the very least, wear helmets,” Wolf pleaded. “There's no helmet law in Connecticut.”
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