It’s the season for picnics, parties, and fireworks! Practicing common sense will make the festivities more enjoyable for you and those around you. Here are a few reminders about heat, food, alcohol, and firework safety to prevent sickness and injury, and help keep the fun going all summer long.

Heat Safety

    • If it’s too hot, reschedule or reduce strenuous activities.
    • Wear lightweight and light colored clothing, and don’t forget to wear a hat.
    • Don’t exceed your physical capabilities and give yourself time to acclimate to the activity and the high temperatures.
    • Drink plenty of water.
  • Keep a sharp lookout for coworkers, family, children, and the elderly. Don’t forget the pets.

Food Safety

    • Store cold food at 40˚ or below.
    • Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped.
  • Cook food thoroughly.

Alcohol Safety

    • Know your limits.
    • Stay hydrated; drink water in between cocktails.
    • Avoid swimming or boating when inebriated.
  • Call a taxi cab or use a designated driver if you have to travel after drinking.

Firework Safety

    • Obey local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
    • Read all labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
    • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
    • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area.
    • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
    • NEVER relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
    • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
    • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

Happy 4th of July! Independence Day

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