Safe and Fun on the 4th!

Fireworks, food, travel, water sports and fun are some things on tap for Independence Day celebrations. Make sure your festivities end as well as they began by taking some precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy this July 4th!

Fireworks

Unfortunately, severe burns, amputations, blindness and even death can result from 4th of July celebrations. Put on a great, safe firework display by following these precautions:

  • Follow directions on firework packaging
  • Use fireworks outdoors only
  • Always have an adult present – never allow children to use fireworks unsupervised
  • Make sure that observers keep a safe distance
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Don’t attempt to relight or “fix” fireworks
  • Don’t light fireworks near dry grass or other flammables – have a bucket of water and a hose handy
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pockets

It is also important to check with local authorities to find out if it is safe to light fireworks in your area. Take a moment to find out if there are any fireworks restrictions in the area in which you are planning your events.

Food

Much of our cooking on Independence Day may take place outdoors. Inside or out, be sure that you take the steps necessary to prevent harmful bacteria from causing food borne illness.

  • Clean – Wash your hands often, and thoroughly disinfect utensils, cutting boards and countertops that have contact with raw meat or poultry
  • Separate – Always keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods and beverages. This includes during transport and preparation.
  • Cook – Thaw meat and poultry in the refrigerator to promote event cooking. Cook all meat and poultry thoroughly; use a food thermometer to ensure that food has reached a safe internal temperature.
  • Chill – Refrigerate or freeze perishables within two hours of purchase. Refrigerate leftovers immediately; discard any food left out over two hours (one if the temperature is over 90°F).

Visit www.befoodsafe.org for more information.

Travel

Keep yourself safe on the roads during heavy holiday traffic. Wear your seatbelt, and make sure that children are fastened properly into safety seats. Never drink and drive or ride with someone who has been drinking. Summer is often a busy time for road construction. Look out for your safety and the safety of road workers by driving cautiously and following all posted speed limits and road signs.

Water Sports

The weather may make your Independence Day holiday the perfect time to get out on the water. Follow these tips to keep yourself and everyone else safe.

  • Always supervise children around open water.
  • Swim only in designated swimming areas.
  • Do not allow children to operate personal water crafts like jet skis; these are intended for adult use only.
  • Ensure that all those in a boat or on a personal water craft wear properly fitting lifejackets.
  • Have children wear lifejackets around open water, especially if they are unable to swim.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages while boating.

Fun

Keeping the fireworks, food, travel and water activites safe can help ensure that everyone has fun during your Independence Day celebration this year!