Top 5 Fourth of July Dangers

Fourth of July weekend may be considered one of the most lazy weekends of summer, but there are also many dangers lurking if you are not careful


    Swimming Girl

    Drowning Summer swimming season is here, and on the Fourth of July, who doesn’t love a pool party or going to the beach? But swimming season also means the highest drowning rates of the year in both children and adults. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends staying close and being alert when children are swimming, learning and practicing basic water safety skills and having the appropriate equipment for your pool. Click here from more swimming safety tips from the CPSC.


    Sun Poisoning We all love to have fun in the sun on July 4th weekend, but forgetting your sunscreen before catching those rays can prove to be dangerous. Besides the obvious consequence of looking like a lobster and having painful burns on your skin, overexposure to the sun dramatically raises your chances of skin cancer. Click here to find out the FDA’s new guidelines for approved sunscreens. If you do get too much sun, some aloe and some aspirin can help, but if you are experiencing chills, nausea, fever or you notice blisters or a rash, consult a physician as soon as possible – you may be at risk for sun poisoning.

    Barbecue Outside

    Food Poisoning With barbecue season in full swing, there is much higher chance of getting sick from undercooked or improperly handled food, which could really put a damper on your holiday weekend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people — or one in six Americans — are sickened every year by a foodborne illness. Of those, 180,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die. The USDA is launching the campaign this week to get the message out as people plan holiday cookouts and say consumers too often ignore the temperature of meat. Ground beef, which is more prone to pathogens than other cuts of beef, should always be cooked through to 160 degrees. Color is not always a reliable indicator. Remind busy home chefs to clean off surfaces and utensils, wash hands, separate raw meats from other foods and cook meat to the right temperature. Not sure what the right temperature is? Click here. 


    Fireworks Fireworks are a great way to celebrate Independence Day, but without taking the right safety measures can be very dangerous and in some cases deadly. Each year there are over 100 cases of serious injuries from fireworks reported from U.S. hospitals. To cut your risk of injury, there are some basic guidelines to follow. Only use fireworks outdoors and have a hose or bucket of water handy. Never try to relight a “dud” firework and never drink alcohol before or during shooting. Click here for more firework pointers from The National Council on Fireworks Safety.


    Car Accidents Even though the highways are free of slippery snow and ice in July, other dangers lurk. More people are killed in car crashes on July 4th than any other day of the year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most people are ready to get to their destination for the start of a fun, relaxing weekend—and therefore focus on getting their quickly instead of safely. Falling asleep at the wheel, drunk driving and speeding are all factors that are big contributors to car-related injuries. Instead, take your time. A summer trip is something to savor. After all, winter will be back soon enough.
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