Happy Fourth of July! Whether your family is firing up the grill, heading to the beach or enjoying fireworks, here are a few simple, safety tips offered by the American Red Cross to keep you and your loved ones safe during this holiday.
- When at the beach, actively supervise children at all times – even if a lifeguard is present. And avoid those rip currents. Permanent rip currents tend to be near jetties and piers. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, turn and swim toward shore.
- When out in the sun, drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Wear sunglasses that will absorb UV sunlight to protect one’s eyes. Protect one’s feet by wearing some kind of beach shoes and be sure to apply (and reapply!) sunscreen throughout the day.
- When around fireworks, never give fireworks to small children and always follow the instructions on the packaging. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution, and stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
- When firing up the grill, keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe. Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
Now that you’re safe, here’s your health news roundup:
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