July 4th Fun Factors in Safety with Fireworks, Swimming, Grilling

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July 2, 2020 by HCDE-Texas

As small groups of family and friends remain COVID-19 cautious this July 4th holiday, they turn to barbeque, fireworks and pools for summer entertainment.

Firework stands are doing a landslide business in 2020, even though fireworks are illegal through regions of Harris County. Backyard barbeque gatherings and swim parties may be in the works through small gatherings.

Here are some safety factors to consider as we celebrate the birth of our nation:

Fireworks: For a daily average nationwide, 243 people visit the emergency room for firework-related injuries during weeks surrounding July 4th. The age group most likely to get hurt around fireworks isn’t children; it’s adults ages 25-44 (34 percent). Check the ordinances in your neighborhood in order to avoid fines or enjoy community-sanctioned fireworks displays. Read these safety tips from the Consumer Products Safety Commission. View poster.

Swimming: Swimming is a great form of exercise, but parents/caregivers always need to remember to watch children around the water. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children under age 5. Follow these precautions for open and enclosed bodies of water offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Grilling: Three out of five households own a gas grill, which means a lot of great food and family times. However, July is the peak month for grill fires as more homeowners turn off their ovens. With cooking safety in mind, we share these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association.

 

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