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Having a SAFE Fourth of July

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Hot sun, kids running around everywhere, swimming pools, hotdogs left in the heat… and fireworks?!

Does celebrating the Fourth of July seem like an inevitable ticket to Urgent Care or at least a recipe for a night of miserable children? We’ve got all the safety tips and reminders you need to celebrate the Fourth in comfort and peace.

FOOD SAFETY: The best rule of thumb when it comes to serving food is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving to keep food from spoiling. Keep sticky little hands from sampling the food before it’s on their plate to avoid spreading germs.

FIREWORKS: Fireworks are meant to be enjoy outdoors only. Be sure that you obey all local laws regarding fireworks. Have a bucket of water or hose at the ready. Use common sense– stand back! For more information, visit the The National Council on Fireworks Safety.

HYDRATION: Playing hard and in the sun? Offer extra water throughout the day to help replenish lost fluids. Fill your water pitchers with strawberries or apple slices to make it festive.

INSECT BITES: Don’t scratch! Offer relief with calamine lotion or a baking soda paste.

MINOR CUTS, SCRAPES, BUMPS, BRUISES: Summer is a great time to restock your first aid kit with plenty of bandaids, gauze, Neosporin, and to make sure the freezer has ice packs. And, of course, don’t forget plenty of kisses for those boo-boos!

SUN: Slather on that sunscreen! Apply 30 minutes before heading outside, paying special attention to noses, ears, cheeks, and shoulders. Hats and clothing with SPF are so good additions on sunny days. Sunscreen should be reapplied every few hours. Keep aloe vera gel on hand for soothing overexposed skin. Infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.

June 30, 2014

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