Fourth of July Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration. For many this means cookouts, enjoying the outdoors, and firework displays. Huron County Public Health (HCPH) wants to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July and remind the public to be safe during the holiday celebrations.


FIREWORK SAFETY



Fourth of the July Celebrations would not be the same without fireworks. If you plan to make fireworks apart of your Independence Day, please follow these safety tips:

• Obey all local laws regarding fireworks

• Wear safety glasses when using fireworks

• Light one firework at a time

• Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from homes and vehicles

• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water

• Always have a bucket of water nearby in case of accidents

• Never shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers

Sparklers can reach between 1,200 - 2,000°F. Never leave children unsupervised with sparklers. Make sure they keep them away from their clothing, hair, and face.


If an accident does occur, immediately go to the doctor or hospital. If the accident involves an eye injury, do not touch, rub, or flush out the eye. This could cause permanent damage. Seek medical attention immediately. If the accident involves a burn, do not use ice. Remove clothing from burn area and run cool water over the burn. Call your doctor or seek medical attention based on the severity of the burn.


COOKOUTS

Many cookouts will be happening all throughout the county as families get together to celebrate Independence Day. One of the most important things to remember when preparing food is to keep cold food cold and hot food hot. This will help prevent bacteria from multiplying and potentially ruining the fun holiday activities. Remember these food safety tips when grilling out this Fourth of July:

• Keep meat and poultry refrigerated until you’re ready to cook. That means if you’re grilling for a large group, put any uncooked burgers or chicken that doesn’t fit on the grill the first round, back in the refrigerator until you’re ready for them.

• Cook meat thoroughly to destroy harmful bacteria.


• Keep cooked meats hot by setting them on the side of the grill rack. Meat and poultry should be served at 135°F or warmer.

• When serving food, do not put cooked meat back on the same platter that held the raw meat or poultry. Use a clean dish.

• In hot weather (90°F+), food should not sit out for more than an hour. Consider using a cooler for your colder items. Keep cold foods out of direct sunlight or put back in the fridge or cooler after eating.


OUTDOOR SAFETY

The weather can be unpredictable, but if your Fourth of July celebrations keep you outdoors, taking some simple safety measures can keep you and your family safe while having fun.


Protect yourself from the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. Make sure you apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before going outside, even if it is cloudy. Reapply sunscreen every few hours or after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Beat the Heat. On extremely hot days, do not wait until you are thirsty; Drink plenty of fluids. Also, be sure to wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and check in on those that might not handle the heat well, like children and older adults.

Protect yourself from bug bites. While outdoors remember to wear insect repellent. Apply insect repellent over top of sunscreen, and reapply whenever reapplying sunscreen. Preventing mosquito and other bug bites can prevent the spread of many diseases. Check yourself and family for ticks after being outdoors, especially if you or your children have been sitting on the ground while watching fireworks. Remove ticks you might find immediately; grasp with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out.


HCPH is encouraging residents to follow all of these simple safety tips during the coming celebration activities. Taking just a few safety measures can keep you and your family having a fun and Happy Fourth of July.