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5 Tips to Have a Safe and Healthy Fourth of July Weekend
Updated: 7/1/2010 5:28:56 PM

We wish everyone in our DentalPlans.com family a safe, happy, and healthy Fourth of July! Celebrate our nation’s independence and use these tips from MedicineNet.com to stay out of harm’s way.

1. Child-proof your party.
If fireworks are legal in your area and are a part of your celebration, keep the kids and spectators at a safe distance. Also, keep children out of the reach of campfires and grills to avoid accidental burns.

2. Consume alcohol responsibly.
It’s wise to use extra caution during holiday weekends when people are hosting parties and celebrating. Designate a driver or make arrangements to stay the night near the festivities. Even if you’re not drinking alcohol, use caution on the road to avoid others who may have consumed too much.

3. Keep food fresh and covered.
Allowing food to sit outside excessively can lead to foodborne illnesses. The FDA suggests never leaving food out for more than one hour with the temperature is above 90 F and no longer than two hours at indoor temperatures. While foods prepared with mayonnaise and eggs are often associated with food poisoning, any food can potentially become contaminated. Also, discourage bees and wasps from attending your party by keeping dishes covered.

4. Apply sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen before an outdoor party and continue to reapply to avoid sunburns. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15.

5. Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid heat exhaustion and heat strokes, especially if you’re celebrating outside in a hot climate. Risks of heat illness increase when playing sports or participating in activities, so spend adequate time indoors or in the shade. Alcohol consumption can also accelerate dehydration.

We hope these tips help you stay safe. Have a fun and festive Fourth!

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