WASHINGTON, March 8 -- The nation's emergency physicians are urging America's students to stay safe during their spring break vacations by offering 10 tips to help avoid a trip to the emergency department.
"Spring break should involve having fun with family and friends, and not be spent in the emergency department," said Dr. Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Emergency physicians see many injuries and illnesses during this time that could have been avoided. Taking responsible steps can help prevent problems and even tragedies."
Here are 10 tips to help you have a safe spring vacation:
"Spring break vacations should be a fun highlight of a student's year," said Dr. Gardner. "It should not be a time in your life that you'd soon rather forget. Have fun, but stay safe."
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