Bring on the Red, White, and Blue with these Safety Tips

Independence Day for many is about bringing the family together and enjoying various holiday activities like parades, picnics, s’more making, fireworks all while avoiding things like heat exhaustion, sunburns, and firework dangers! To get the best out of your holiday and summer, we offer the following tips for beating the heat and firework safety!

Tips to Beat the Heat

Summertime is upon us and for many of us, it is a chance to get outside and enjoy the sun. And while the summertime provides us on an opportunity to have fun in the sun, we need to remember some important reminders to ensure we are being safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:

  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Check on friends and neighbors at high risk for heat-related illness
  • Find air-conditioned places to cool off (shopping malls and libraries)
  • NEVER leave kids or pets in a closed, parked vehicle
  • If you go outside, remember:
    • A hat and sunglasses
    • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
    • Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
    • Water
    • Limit time outdoors. Take breaks often!
  • Know who is most at risk with high temperatures:
    • Infants
    • Young children
    • Older adults
    • People with chronic medical conditions

If you are going outside when the temperature is very high, the CDC suggests dressing properly and taking breaks often. Also, be sure you know the signs and symptoms of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach or vomiting
  • Fainting

Heat Stroke

  • Very high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach
  • Confusion
  • Passing out

If you see any of these signs, get medical help immediately.

Firework Safety Tips!

  • Leave it to the professionals, find a firework show to attend instead of at-home fireworks.
  • Watch fireworks from a safe distance.
  • Be careful to keep a safe distance from people, cars, flammable objects when igniting fireworks.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
    • Never try to pick up or re-ignite a firework.
    • Do not ignite a firework while holding in.
  • Watch children closely near firework displays.
    • Never let young children play or ignite fireworks.
    • Use extra caution with children on the use of sparklers to prevent burns!
    • Keep them at a safe distance.
  • Have ear protection for small children if attending a professional firework show.
  • Keep pets in a safe location away from firework displays. Many dogs find themselves lost and scared, and in danger during firework shows.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area prior to use.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby when using fireworks.
  • Call 911 immediately for serious injuries and fires.

We hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating this Independence Day!

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