The Fourth of July is next week, and that means lots of food, fun, and fireworks! Just be sure to follow these important guidelines.
Want to keep your family safe over the July 4 holiday? Here are some dos and don'ts:
- DO consider attending a professional fireworks show instead of setting off your own fireworks.
- If you use fireworks yourself, DO follow the directions, keep a bucket of water nearby, and avoid alcohol while handling them.
- DO keep kids and pets away from fireworks and from a hot grill.
- DO wear sunscreen and insect repellant when you're outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
- DO watch the weather, and take shelter if you hear thunder or see lightning.
- DON'T use fireworks inside.
- DON'T relight a firework that failed to spark the first time.
- DON'T point fireworks at people, animals, cars, homes or other structures.
- DON'T let children play with fireworks. Even sparklers can be dangerous for kids under age 12.
- DON'T grill near low-lying branches, awnings or the side of your home.
- DON'T add extra lighter fluid once your coals are hot.
- DON'T let children swim without adult supervision.
If you have questions about keeping your family safe this summer, the team at St. Lucie Medical Center is ready to help. Just call our
Consult-A-Nurse service at 1-800-449-8345 for general healthcare information or a physician referral. And if you need assistance in case of an injury or accident, you can count on our emergency department. We offer efficient, effective care, as well as low wait times.
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