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Tips to Have a Healthy, Happy Fourth of July Holiday

June 10, 2022 Pegalis Law Group

Tips to Have a Healthy, Happy Fourth of July Holiday

The Fourth of July holiday weekend conjures images of people hosting backyard barbecues and dazzling fireworks displays as they celebrate our nation’s independence. Even with the inviting aroma of hamburgers sizzling on the grill and the sound of joyous kids running around the yard playing, you should remain vigilant about your family’s safety. Below, Pegalis Law Group, LLC shares some helpful safety tips so you can enjoy a healthy, happy Fourth of July holiday with your loved ones this year.

Don’t Leave Children Unattended Near Grills or Fireworks

You should never leave a grill unattended, especially if you have children or pets present. Be sure to pick a responsible adult to serve as the “grill master,” keeping an eye on the grill’s flames and contents. Ensure you have a fire extinguisher handy for emergencies. Always keep your grill a proper distance from the house, away from porches, overhangs, and tree branches that could present a fire hazard.

Likewise, you should never leave children or pets unsupervised around fireworks. To avoid the risk of accidental injuries, don’t let children handle fireworks independently. Always keep a water hose or bucket of water handy to douse fireworks flames. Never point lit fireworks at others, vehicles, or structures, and never try to relight a “dud” firework, as this can be dangerous. If you have small children, consider ear protection for them to avoid permanent hearing loss caused by loud fireworks. Eye and ear protection are also recommended for the designated person setting off the fireworks. Teach your kids about grill and fireworks safety so they have a healthy respect for the unique dangers they pose.

Obey All Local Fireworks Laws & Don’t Make Your Own

No matter what city or state you live in, there are fireworks laws for a reason. It’s your responsibility to ensure you understand what’s allowed in your specific area. Be sure to obey all posted local fireworks laws, including which fireworks may be legally purchased and the appropriate hours in which you may shoot them off in your neighborhood. Never make your own handmade fireworks, as this presents a serious risk to your safety and others. You might save a buck or two at your local fireworks stand, but it could cost you a life or limb. Violating local fireworks laws for their use, possession, or sale comes with severe consequences in most states, including potential fines and even prison time.

Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen and Bug Spray as Needed

For the best holiday outcome, ensure you apply – and reapply – sunscreen with an appropriate SPF and bug spray as needed throughout the day and evening. Consider sitting in the shade or wearing a hat or sunglasses when the sun’s UV radiation is at its strongest midday. It’s also important to stay hydrated, as the temperatures and humidity levels may be high in certain locales during the month of July. The last thing you want to worry about at your next barbecue is someone passing out from too much sun and not enough water. Be aware of heat indexes in your area and plan accordingly.

Cover and Store Barbecue Food Under Proper Conditions

Always wash your hands before handling food, and cover and store food at proper temperatures to avoid foodborne bacteria and insects. In other words, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Don’t leave perishable items in the hot sun without plenty of ice, freezer packs, or shade. When feeding small children or pets, cut up foods that present a choking hazard when digested whole.

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Pegalis Law Group, LLC has represented clients with personal injury and medical malpractice cases for nearly 50 years. Our New York-based law firm is also committed to educating the public about being proactive about their safety and healthcare. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional insights to keep you and those you love happy and healthy.