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Enjoying a Safe & Happy 4th of July Weekend

Posted on July 03 2014

Here at Mountainside Medical Equipment we want to help make sure that you and your family have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend! July 4th is a great time to gather with friends and family to celebrate our independence. So sit back, relax, put your favorite grill master to work, and gather around the campfire after watching a spectacular fireworks show… and follow these tips to help ensure that everyone stays safe:

 

Tips for a Safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend

-- Stay cool and hydrated to help prevent heat related illnesses
-- Check medications to ensure they won’t make you extra sensitive to the sun or have negative reactions with alcohol if you plan to drink
-- If someone in the family is allergic to bee stings, make sure an EPI pen is close by
-- Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray…and reapply as directed on the product packaging!
-- Use alcohol responsibly and don’t drink and drive….vehicles or boats
-- Never swim alone and make sure children are always supervised
-- Respect the waterways and practice boater safety…make sure there are enough life preservers
-- As there is likely to be lots of food around, keep an eye on the little ones to make sure they don’t choke on foods…lots of people grill hot dogs, which can be a major choking hazard for young children
-- Keep foods and beverages covered and on ice… don’t leave spoilable foods sitting out in the hot sun
-- Reduce burn risks by giving children glow-in-the dark sticks and bracelets instead of sparklers
-- Attend a community hosted fireworks show or hire professional…setting off your fireworks at home can be very dangerous…and illegal in some states
-- Always keep a first-aid kit nearby…you never know when an injury might occur

 

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe This 4th of July

-- Don’t let pets play with glow sticks or put glow jewelry around them
-- Try to keep pets on their normal diets…try not to let everyone feed table foods to your pets
-- Don’t put sunscreen or insect repellent on your pets unless they are labeled as being safe for pets
-- Don’t leave alcoholic beverages out where pets can get to them
-- Don’t leave matches or lighter fluid out where pets can get them
-- Keep citronella candles, insect coils, etc. out of reach of pets
-- Don’t use fireworks around your pets

 

 

Sources:

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=82131

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_147087.html

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