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Four golden rules for safe Ligo celebration

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURegardless of where people choose to celebrate Ligo, pharmacists urge people to be careful and reasonable to avoid accidents during the celebration. Every year, pharmacies experience long queues of people hoping to deal with unfortunate consequences of their reckless behaviour: cuts, bruises, burns and animal bites.

Pharmacists of Mēness aptieka have compiled a list of four golden rules to follow in order to ensure safe Ligo celebration.

Be careful around fire

A large number of fire-related accidents force doctors and pharmacists to remind residents about special precautions whenever coming close to a fire. «Be especially careful when staying near a grill or a fire. This applies to the handling of flammable liquids and fuel – any wrong move can result in serious burns. Always check if you have a first aid kit at home,» – urges Irina Korcagina, Mēness aptieka pharmacist.

Remember to dig a fire bed around the fire to make sure it cannot spread. Doctors remind that it is prohibited to set up fires in Latvia’s forests. Small children should be watched by their parents at all times.

Don’t swim if you’ve had a drink

Pharmacists remind that swimming while drunk is no less dangerous than driving. «Blood vessels expand while under the influence of alcohol. However, cold water forces them to narrow and this can result in a stroke, seizures or loss of consciousness. This, of course, can (and often does) result in drowning,» – Korcagina warns.

Insect bites

People wishing to find fern flowers on Jani night, should remember that bushes and forests are home to all kinds of animals, including ticks and poisonous snakes. Before going out to embrace nature, be sure to take precautions against insects. «We sprinklers are more effective than aerosols. This is because the effect lasts longer,» – recommends the pharmacist.

Food has a purpose

Pharmacists urge residents to be especially careful when selecting food products for their festive table. «Often people choose everything they can – fish and meat, vegetables and alcohol. As a result our stomach declares strike and refuses to digest everything we eat that short night. To avoid such unpleasant situations, we recommend taking with you enzyme-containing medicine. Don’t eat too much sweet, salty or fried food and don’t use medicine with alcohol!» – adds the pharmacist.

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