As we celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, here are a few safety tips for your outdoor barbecue or fireworks experience:
If you are on grill duty, make sure you are storing and cooking your food properly and washing your hands thoroughly to prevent foodborne illnesses. Foodborne illnesses are caused by bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli and most often spread by unwashed hands or uncooked or under-cooked meats. Symptoms from foodborne illness can be as mild as a stomach ache or serious enough to require hospitalization.
Thankfully, foodborne illnesses are highly preventable. Here is how:
Check the rules where you live before setting off your own fireworks. Every city, county, or town has their own rules and regulations for using fireworks. Make sure you only buy fireworks that are legal in the area you intend to use them.
Hundreds of people end up in the emergency room after improperly handling fireworks. Using fireworks safely demands preparation, responsibility and attention. If you follow these safety guidelines, you will enjoy a safe and exciting Fourth of July that you will remember for years to come.