Posts Tagged ‘4th of July’

Fireworks safety for the 4th of July

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

fireworks displayAs we head into the 4th of July weekend, many of us are excited to watch the fireworks. But setting off fireworks at home is not safe and in many states, it is not legal. Fireworks can cause burns, foreign objects entering the eye, and other serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 people required medical treatment after fireworks-related injuries.

For this reason, it is best to leave fireworks to the experts. There are many public fireworks displays that you and your family can enjoy. Here are some tips to help everyone have fun:

  • Keep a great distance from any fireworks launch sites. You can watch from an indoor location or your car windows if children become scared.
  • Fireworks displays can be upsetting for babies and for children with sensitive hearing. Learn how you can help your child enjoy a fireworks display without discomfort or a meltdown.
  • Sparklers are lots of fun, but they’re still dangerous for small children. Sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees! They should be handled only by adults or older children who know how to use them and understand they should not wave them in people’s faces.  Closely supervise anyone using sparklers. Or you can always use glow sticks as a fun alternative.
  • If you will be handling fireworks for any reason, use extreme caution. Keep children far away from you. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand and take the time to learn about fireworks safety.

With a little knowledge and planning, your whole family can enjoy the celebration. Happy Fourth of July!

Food on the Fourth–safe eating tips

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

picnicFoodborne illness can be extremely dangerous—especially for pregnant women and young children. Symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea and fever, can become life-threatening.

So if you will be celebrating the 4th of July with family, friends, and a cookout, remember to keep foods fresh and safe. Here are some important safety tips:

Separate raw meat and poultry from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.

Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water before eating, and remove surface dirt with a scrub brush, cutting away any damaged sections, which can contain bacteria.

Cook foods to their proper temperature. See the Minimum Cooking Temperatures chart for details on cooking meats, poultry, eggs, leftovers, and casseroles.

Chill foods that need to be kept cool if you will be outside for long periods. Foods made with mayo, such as pasta or potato salads, need to be kept cold and out of the sun. Or try using a recipe for an olive oil-based dressing. These will keep fresher longer.

Refrigerate any leftovers a.s.a.p., and never eat cooked food that has been out of the refrigerator longer than two hours. At room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes. The more bacteria there are, the greater the chance you could become sick. Cold temperatures keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying.

If you’re pregnant, be sure to read more about foods to avoid or limit during pregnancy. And have a safe, happy, and healthy 4th of July weekend!

Independence Day celebrations

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

fireworksHappy 4th of July!  It may be hot for several reasons.  Will your little tikes be asserting their independence at today’s BBQ?  Keep your cool and the kids covered.  Make sure they drink plenty of water and are slathered in sunscreen.

Have fun with your toddler by putting sunscreen on each other. Don’t forget the feet if you’re likely to be running around barefoot.  And make sure you both wear a hat.  Sunburns hurt! Babies less than six months old should stay out of direct sunlight. Play in the shade of a tree, umbrella or stroller top.

Enjoy the fun foods of the day, remembering to keep raw meat and poultry separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods. Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water before eating, and remove surface dirt with a scrub brush, cutting away any damaged sections, which can contain bacteria. Refrigerate any leftovers promptly, and never eat cooked food that has been out of the refrigerator longer than two hours.  If you’re pregnant, read more about food safety.

Don’t forget that while sparklers are great fun, they’re still dangerous for little kids and should be handled only by adults or older children who know not to wave them in people’s faces.  Keep a great distance from any launch sites and enjoy the fireworks!  (Babies can be frightened by the loud bangs that can hurt their ears.  You may want to move indoors or to your car to watch from the windows.)

Have fun!

4th of July parties

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Happy 4th of July!  Will your little tikes be asserting their independence at the bar-b-cue today?  Keep your cool and the kids covered.  Make sure they drink plenty of water and are slathered in sunscreen.

Let your toddler help put sunscreen on you while you put it on her.  Don’t forget her feet if she is likely to be running around barefoot.  And make sure you both wear a hat.  Sunburns hurt!  Babies less than six months old should stay out of direct sunlight.  Play in the shade of a tree, umbrella or stroller top.

Enjoy the fun foods of the day, remembering to keep raw meat and poultry separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.  Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water before eating, and remove surface dirt with a scrub brush, cutting away any damaged sections, which can contain bacteria.  Refrigerate any leftovers promptly, and never eat cooked food that has been out of the refrigerator longer than two hours.  If you are pregnant, read more about food safety.

Don’t forget that while sparklers are great fun, they’re still dangerous for little kids and should be handled only by adults or older children who know not to wave them in people’s faces.  Keep a great distance from any launch sites and enjoy the fireworks!  (Babies can be frightened by the loud bangs that can hurt their ears.  You may want to move indoors or to your car to watch from the windows.)

Have fun!