- Supervise children with fireworks and sparklers.
- Store alcohol, matches and caffeinated beverages out of children’s reach.
- Stay hydrated.
- Wear sunblock.
- Review firework safety with children and provide supervision. It is important to remember that fireworks and sparklers can be dangerous, resulting in burns and eye injuries. With that in mind, never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks and encourage them to stand still while enjoying sparklers lit one at a time. Keep a bucket of water or hose handy in case of fire, don’t re-light fireworks that didn’t ignite and soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water.
- Keep alcohol, highly caffeinated beverages, matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- Stay hydrated by drinking extra water as you spend more time outside and seek the shade.
- When it comes to sun safety, remember SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP:
SLIP on a shirt.
SLOP on some sunscreen.
SLAP on a hat.
WRAP on sunglasses to protect eyes and the skin around them
The American Cancer Society recommends sunscreen with broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays and a sun protection factor of 30 or higher. Be sure to check the expiration date on your sunscreen as well.
Keep these tips in mind and enjoy Independence Day safely!
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