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NORFOLK, Va. -- Hampton Roads residents are gearing up for a season of grilling and warm weather, but 10 On Your Side wants to make sure you're staying safe. 

Hannah Clements, 8, was stung by a jellyfish multiple times.

"It was at Virginia Beach and we had to pay $5 to get in and then I went out too far and got stung like five times," Clements said.

Jellyfish typically move into the Chesapeake Bay area this time of year.

"It was on the Fourth of July when people were out there so then it was burning really bad so I had to get out of the water," Clements said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks jelly fish, or sea nettles and forecasts where they will be each day. In case of sting, pack some vinegar and water.

Emergency Room doctors recommend using a lot of sunscreen at all times, and applying SPF 30 or higher every couple of hours. In case of a sunburn, Bon Secours doctor Dan Salomonsky said the burn can be treated with aloe.

"You just need to go ahead and treat the symptoms, if its itching an antihistamine is helpful like Benadryl or Claritin," Salomonsky said.

If you take prescription medications, check the label. Some can cause you to burn or get dehydrated more easily and that could land you in the ER.

Food poisoning cases spike during the summer because the heat spoils food faster. Experts say you should never eat food that has been left outside for more than an hour.


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