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July 4th Safety Tips from FetchMD

July 4th Safety Tips from FetchMD

Fireworks, backyard BBQ’s and water fun are the staples of July 4th activities in Central Texas. But these traditions can also be dangerous and result in an urgent care house call visit or even a trip to the emergency room if you aren’t celebrating safely.

Our very own Physician Assistant Sarah Talbot, PA-C spoke with KXAN about common July 4th injuries and illnesses and ways to prevent them.

Firework Safety:

Whether you plan to light up the night sky or just hand out a few sparklers, remember that fireworks can cause serious burns.  Most often to the hands, fingers, legs, and eyes. Sparklers are the most common cause of firework-related injuries, especially in kids, because they burn up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. 

To avoid firework-related injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following:

  • Designate a space to light fireworks.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks and make sure others are at a safe distance.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishaps.

Play it Safe in the Water & With Your Food:

Central Texas always sees more boats on the water during holiday weekends. You never know if the person operating a boat is experienced or if they have been drinking. Always use caution when out on the water and never launch fireworks from the boat! 

The hot, humid conditions in the summer cause foodborne bacteria to grow faster, which could be a recipe for food poisoning.  Food poisoning can hit fast!  Usually about an hour after eating contaminated food. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Make sure to check the internal temperature of the meat with a thermometer and don’t place cooked food on the same surface as raw meat. With our hot temps, don’t leave food out for more than an hour. 

If you do get sick or injured this summer, you can get on-demand urgent care, wherever you are, by requesting a same-day or next-day appointment on our app. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for important news and updates.

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