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Title: Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy


1
Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy
  • Take a few simple steps to stay safe and help
    ensure that this Independence Day celebration
    will be an enjoyable holiday for all. From
    fireworks to picnics, beach and travel safety, be
    aware of hazards. Know how to respond to
    emergencies.

2
Fireworks
  • The National Safety Council advises the best way
    to safely enjoy this 4th of July is to watch a
    public fireworks display conducted by
    professionals. However, if fireworks are legal
    where you live and you decide to use them, be
    sure to exercise caution and follow safety tips.

3
Fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children. Older
    children should use fireworks only under close
    adult supervision.
  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
    If you are in an area experiencing drought-like
    conditions, reconsider using fireworks due to the
    increase in fire risk.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always
    wears eye protection.

4
Fireworks, Contd.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, in a clear outdoor
    area away from onlookers, houses and flammable
    materials. Never attempt to relight a dud.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from
    children and pets.
  • Never throw or point fireworks toward people,
    animals, vehicles, structures or flammable
    materials.
  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional
    fireworks displays.
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained
    amateurs are using fireworks.

5
Food Preparation
  • To avoid food poisoning, cook fresh poultry to
    165 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees and beef
    to at least 145 degrees. (U.S. Dept. of
    Agriculture)
  • Refrigerate all perishable food within 2 hours, 1
    hour if the temperature outside is above 90
    degrees.
  • Keep uncooked meats away from other foods to
    avoid cross-contamination of bacteria.

6
Grilling
  • Thoroughly clean a grill of any food grease or
    dust.
  • Check the tubes leading into the burner for any
    blockages from insects or grease that can cause
    an uncontrolled fire.
  • Replace any connectors which can lead to a gas
    leak and keep lighted cigarettes, matches or open
    flames away from a leaking grill.
  • Always follow the manufacturers instructions
    that accompany the grill.

7
Grilling, Contd.
  • Do not use a grill in a garage, breezeway,
    carport and porch or near any surface that can
    catch fire. Never grill indoors not in a house,
    camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for
    cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have
    already been ignited.
  • Always watch the barbecue grill when in use.

8
Swimming
  • Swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach within
    the designated swimming area and obey all safety
    rules.
  • Avoid alcohol before and during any water
    activities.
  • Actively supervise children at all times even
    if a lifeguard is present.
  • Stay within arms reach of young children when
    they are in the water.
  • Dont swim alone or in bad weather.

9
Swimming, Contd.
  • Learn to swim and teach your children to swim.
  • Have weak swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved
    life jacket. Dont rely on water wings or
    inflatable toys.
  • Always enter shallow water feet first. Dive only
    in areas marked safe for diving.
  • Learn CPR in case of an emergency.

10
Boat and Personal Watercraft
  • Avoid alcohol when boating or operating a
    personal watercraft.
  • Make sure you, and everyone on a boat, canoe,
    kayak or jet ski wear a Coast-Guard approved
    lifejacket.
  • Make sure young children are supervised at all
    times when on a boat or personal watercraft.
  • Learn about boat and personal watercraft
    operation, communications, navigation, and
    life-saving techniques before taking to the
    water.

11
Beach and Rip Currents
  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the
    shore until out of the current. Once free, turn
    and swim toward shore.
  • If someone cant swim to the shore, they should
    shout for help, float or tread water until free
    of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and
    jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near
    these structures.

12
Beach and the Sun
  • Protect against sunburn and heat stroke.
  • Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or
    higher and apply it generously throughout the
    day.
  • Wear a hat outdoors and a good pair of sunglasses
    to protect your eyes. Also have beach sandals
    ready.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially when in the sun
    or if you are sweating heavily.
  • If you feel faint or nauseated, get into a cool
    place immediately.

13
Travel Safety
  • Wear your seatbelt at all times.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced
    and is in good working shape before a long road
    trip.
  • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings if
    you are in an unfamiliar place and know where the
    nearest emergency room is to you at all times in
    case of an emergency.
  • Whether driving a car or riding a motorcycle, be
    aware of changing road and weather conditions.

14
Travel Safety, Contd.
  • Obey all posted speed limits.
  • If you plan to drink, do not drive. Designate a
    non-drinking driver or use your commands cab
    ride program.
  • If there is a young driver in your family,
    strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy with
    alcohol. All states have a 21-year-old drinking
    age law.
  • Use the Naval Safety Centers Travel Risk
    Planning System (TRiPS) before going on liberty
    or leave.
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