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4th of July Safety Tips

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HANFORD – Adventist Health / Central Valley Network wishes everyone a happy and safe July 4th celebration. Before firing up the grills and fireworks though, here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter:

BEACH SAFETY

  • Check the weather and water conditions beforehand and throughout the day.
  • Swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach within the designated swimming area and obey all safety rules.
  • Avoid alcohol before and during any water activities and make sure to never swim alone
  • Actively supervise children at all times – even if a lifeguard is present. Stay within arm’s reach of young children when they are in the water.
  • Have weak swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Don’t rely on water wings or inflatable toys
  •  Always enter shallow water feet first. Dive only in areas marked safe for diving.

WATCH THE SUN

  • Limit the amount of direct sunlight one receives between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15 throughout the day.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.
  • Wear sunglasses that will absorb UV sunlight to protect one’s eyes.
  • Remember to protect one’s feet by wearing some kind of beach shoes.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

  • Never give fireworks to small children and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

GRILLING SAFETY

  • Always watch the barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in a house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure children and pets stay away from the grill.
  •  Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

By following these simple tips, you can help keep you and your family safe this Independence Day. Enjoy!