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The 4th of July is coming up! Like most people, Northwoods loves to celebrate Independence Day. Even though most town/ city fireworks shows are canceled this year, there are still many places that are going to be open in NYS, so, it is important to remember some 4th of July safety tips.

Here are a few ways to stay safe this holiday weekend:

 

Sunscreen

You most definitely don’t want to be wrapping yourself in cool wet sheets after this weekend so, make sure you are doing these things to avoid a sunburn!

  1. Double-check expiration dates.
  2. When you are applying sunscreen don’t forget to cover ears head and feet.
  3. As always, make sure to regularly apply sunscreen (every 2 hours).

 

Fireworks safety

4th of july fireworks

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Fireworks are a staple for the 4th of July celebrations but they are extremely dangerous. If you are using any type of fireworks make sure you take the right precautions to stay safe.

  1. Do not alcohol drink while using fireworks: Fireworks are an explosive and you should always be sober while handling fireworks.
  2. Keep water close: Incase the firework does not go off you will have to cover the firework in water or if it goes off the wrong way you will have to have water readily available.
  3. Use a punk to light fireworks: A punk is a smoldering stick- similar to an incense stick without the oils- to safely light a firework. You can buy them on Amazon here.
  4. Be careful of failed fireworks: wait at least 10 minutes before touching a firework that didn’t go off. Cover it in water. Do not try to relight it.
  5. Wear protective eye gear: When lighting fireworks there could be sparks or other debris that comes off the firework that you do not want in your eyes.

***According to Homeland Security and Emergency Services on the New York State website, the type of legal fireworks in NYS is: “Sparkling Devices are ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke. The law limits the type, size, and construction of Sparkling Devices and requires that these devices must be hand held or mounted on a base or spike and be limited in sizes that range from 1 to 500 grams of pyrotechnic composition.” View the web page and other information about the legality of fireworks in NYS here***

Do not drink and drive

Everyone has heard this a thousand times, but it can never be said enough- do not drink and drive! If you are going somewhere and drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or you Uber to and from your destination! You are not just protecting yourself but everyone on the road.

Perishable food

4th of July

This might not be something everyone thinks about, but, if you are having a BBQ make sure you are not leaving any perishable food out all afternoon. If someone eats the potato salad that has been sitting outside for a few hours they could end up with a very bad upset stomach.

 

Grilling

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Turning on the grill is an essential part of properly celebrating Independence Day. There’s nothing like eating a properly grilled burger and hot dog on the 4th of July. To make sure you are grilling the right way this weekend a check out our article: 3 Steps to Becoming a Grill Master

 

Sparklers

4th of July Sparklers

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Sparklers are a type of firework, but they need to have their own warning because many people view them as “safe” for kids. They can still cause a lot of harm if a child isn’t being watched carefully when holding one. Make sure to watch any child when they are holding a lit sparkler, make sure they are not waving it around, running, or putting it near others.

 

Pet safety

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Keep an eye on your furry friends this weekend

  1. Make sure they are hydrated and cool when outside
  2. Watch any cups with alcohol to make sure your pet is not drinking it
  3. Keep them away from hot grills
  4. Put them indoors when fireworks are being lit. It is also important to note that many animals are afraid of fireworks so make sure to comfort them!

Learn more about summertime pet safety here!

Be mindful of social distancing

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Even though a lot of places are reopening in New York State, we have to remember that we are still in a pandemic and it is still our duty to keep the curve flat in NYS. Keep social distancing in mind when you are celebrating this weekend!

 

 

We hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!!!

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By: L. DiBartolomeo

July 1,2020