Have a Safer and Healthier 4th of July!

The fourth of July is upon us and there is nothing better than celebrating the holiday with friends and family. The weather is nice which draws people from inside their houses and offices to enjoy some time in the great outdoors. Here are some quick and healthy tips to make your celebrations safer and healthier!

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Pet Safety 

More pets get lost on the fourth of July than any other day of the year. Make sure your pet is in a secure place where the sound of fireworks may not be as loud. Give them a full bowl of water and keep them away from alcohol or other tables full of ‘people food’.

Sun Safety

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Reapply often, especially if you will be in water. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. It is important, during really hot days, to watch for signs of a heat stroke. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty continue to consume water throughout the day.

Swimming & Water Safety

Always know what the depth of the water is you are swimming in. If the depth is unknown, do not jump into the water (especially head first). Enter the water using stairs or slowly from the shore. If at the beach, pay attention to the flags which will notify you about the condition of the currents.

Grill Safety

Never grill indoors, inside a tent or any other enclosed area. Supervise the grill when in use and supervise children when grills are lit. Ensure that certain foods like chicken and pork are cooked to the appropriate temperature.

Firework Safety

Keep fireworks pointed in a clear direction and away from people, houses, vehicles and pets. Light only one firework at a time and make sure to have a water supply near in case of a fire. If a burn does occur, here are some tips for first aid.


With the holidays comes holiday traffic. More people on the roads requires more attention and patience. Always wear your seat belt and pay attention to road signage. Make sure your car is full of gas before you leave to ensure you make it to your destination.


Student Health wishes you a wonderful holiday!