Take precautions to make sure your holiday celebration is a safe one.
July 4th is synonymous with sunny skies, cookouts and, of course, fireworks. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep your family safe and prevent your celebration from being spoiled by an accident, injury or ailment.
• Follow the advice of the American Academy of Dermatology and generously apply a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more if you plan to be outdoors.
• Drink plenty of fluids (avoid those that contain caffeine or alcohol) to help prevent dehydration, and be sure young children and older adults do the same.
• Consider watching a fireworks show put on by professionals instead of creating your own at home. If you shoot off fireworks yourself, heed the advice of the National Council on Fireworks Safety. Read warning labels and use fireworks only as instructed by the manufacturer. Wear safety glasses and make sure family and friends stand at a safe distance. Soak all used fireworks with water before throwing them in the trash.
• Never use homemade fireworks. Don’t light more than one firework at a time or try to re-light one that has not ignited.
• Don’t assume that young children will enjoy a fireworks show. Sometimes they find the noise to be loud and frightening. And never let children handle fireworks. Even sparklers are unsafe for kids as they can burn up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Don’t let your cookout be the cause of food poisoning. Avoid cross contamination and cooking foods to safe temperatures.
Take precautions and play it safe this July 4th. In the case of a serious ailment, injury or illness, know that Medical Center of Lewisville’s Emergency Department is a high-tech facility staffed with highly trained medical specialists available to provide care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If it’s an emergency, dial 911 immediately. If you simply need a physician referral, call us at 855-880-4MCL (4625).