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The temperature is rising, and that warrants a trip to the park or the beach. But, before you head out to a Fourth of July BBQ, there are a few warnings you should know about.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a statement that red plum and red Roma tomatoes may be carrying the Saintpaul strain of Salmonella, and issued a warning to consumers in all 50 states after more than 140 people in 16 states fell ill from tainted tomatoes.

Don’t be afraid. Arm yourself with knowledge. As summer presents a few dangers, just be aware and you’ll be safe.

The summer is a perfect time for a barbeque or a picnic. If you’re handling food outside, then you might want to be careful about cooking and preparation. When cooking outdoors, you can expose your immune system to all kinds of dangerous bacteria, including salmonella food poisoning. Salmonella is one of the most common food borne illnesses. Each year some 1.4 million people fall ill and 500 people die from it each year.

The sun is a beautiful thing. We love it and, if you don’t, you can’t escape it during the summer. Temperatures that don't require a coat are just one of the benefits of the warmer season. But, chucking away a down jacket doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need to be protected. The itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie yellow polka-dot bikini will not cover all the important parts. That’s why it’s important to use sunscreen. Don’t just tote any sunscreen, SP15 or higher with UVA and UVA projection is the suggested way to cover up

In your backyard or at the park, you’re not the only thing outside. As a matter of fact, you may be exposed to ticks or mosquitoes the next time you’re outdoors. There are numerous tick borne diseases that can come as a result of a tick bite, and some mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus. While there is no sure way to avoid bug bites, there are ways to reduce your exposure. In addition to long sleeves, there is insect repellant with DEET and other ways to minimize exposure to the creepy crawlers.

Independence Day is approaching fast, and it’s around this holiday season that thousands are injured. In 2005, 60% of the estimated 10,800 people injured by fireworks occurred during the June 18 - July 18th time period. The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals, writes the CDC.

Taking a day to go out to sea might be on your agenda this summer, but there’s an important addendum for your trip: Wear a life jacket. In 2006, 710 people died in boating accidents, and an estimate 423 may have survived if life jackets were worn, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Department of Homeland Security.

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