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4th of July Safety Tips

The 4th of July is a time for family cookouts and summer fun, but it’s also a common time for injuries. In 2014 there were 230 emergency department visits and nine deaths counting ONLY those related to fireworks on and around July 4 through the U.S.

Emergency Department physicians and nurses know that accidents over any holiday weekend are pretty common but the 4th of July tends to bring with it more injuries than other holidays.

            There’s a big jump in injuries on the 4th of July for a few reasons.

·         Handling fireworks or sparklers improperly

·         Drunk driving after parties and BBQs

·         Food poisoning at cookouts

·         Heat stroke and exhaustion

Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe this 4th of July

·         Never give fireworks or sparklers to small children

·         Leave fireworks to the professionals

·         If you do light fireworks, NEVR point them at other people and walk away quickly after lighting it.

·         If using fireworks or sparklers, keep water close by.

·         Do not drink and drive.

·         Keep hot food hot and cold food cold

·         Do not leave perishable food outside for more than an hour in hot weather

·         Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade or air conditioning to avoid heat exhaustion

As always, if you or a loved one suffers a serious injury, call 9-11.

Need medical care fast? Adventist HealthCare has you covered with three Emergency Departments and three Urgent Care Centers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County.

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

 

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