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Fourth of July Fun and Safety

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Fourth of July Fun and Safety

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, friends and family are gathering to celebrate. Cookouts are being planned, fireworks are being bought, and alcohol will probably be consumed. Each of these seamlessly innocent events, can pose dangers when not handled properly. No one wants to make a visit to the doctor or hospital on the Fourth of July because something went wrong. Follow these tips for your Fourth of July celebration to go off without a hitch so everyone will have an enjoyable and safe time.

Cookouts

Cookouts seem to be the focus of Fourth of July celebrations all across America with hamburgers and hotdogs being placed on the grill. Grilling and food prep should be taken very seriously in order to avoid things like food poisoning and burns. Here’s some tips to help with your cookout:

  • Make sure that your grill is several feet away from your house or any other building
  • Keep children away from the grill
  • Separate raw foods and cooked foods to avoid cross contamination
  • Make sure meats are cooked thoroughly

Alcohol

Most Fourth of July celebrations involve some form of alcohol. Whether you are hosting or attending a Fourth of July party make sure to follow these tips:

  • DO NOT drink and drive
  • Know your limit
  • Have a designated driver
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Be 21
  • This last one encompasses all of these, but I’m going to say it anyway: Drink Responsibly

Fireworks

No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without a fireworks display. According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, backyard firework displays are expected to be at an all-time high this Fourth of July. Be safe this Fourth of July and follow these tips:

  • Read all instructions and labels involved with your fireworks
  • Obey your local laws on firework usage
  • Keep children away from firework setoff zone and do not give fireworks to kids
  • Protective goggles should be worn when setting off fire works
  • Use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings and cars
  • Firework displays should be supervised by responsible adults at all times
  • Do not mix fireworks and alcohol
  • Keep pets and animals away from fireworks
  • Keep a source of water (bucket or hose) close by in case of a fire
  • Use water to wet fireworks once the show is over and place them in a metal trashcan away from buildings and cars

Fireworks are fun to watch, but sometimes the noises and lights can be harmful especially to those who suffer from stress-related disorders such as PTSD. Be courteous to neighbors when setting off your fireworks and be on the lookout for signs warning that a person with PTSD or another stress-related disorder lives in your neighborhood.

Enjoy your Fourth of July and be safe!

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