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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Safety Over Holiday Weekend

Many individuals will spend the Fourth of July holiday out on the water, at the beach, camping, or barbecuing with friends and family. No matter how you choose to celebrate, it’s important to remember that many Fourth of July activities have the potential to pose serious risks when safety is overlooked.

Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the Fourth of July, however with the extreme hot and dry conditions and high level of fire danger even fireworks deemed “Safe & Sane” are dangerous in these conditions. Please refrain from the use of fireworks this weekend and save them for New Years!

With temperatures in our region showing little sign of reprieve, heat-related illnesses, water recreation accidents and outdoor injuries are on the rise, resulting in hospitals across the state nearing critical bed capacity. The influx in patients coupled with those hospitalized for COVID-19 is putting a severe strain on our on medical systems. Everything we can do to prevent injuries and to stay safe and healthy will benefit our communities and local health care systems this summer.

Remember these tips for summer safety and let’s enjoy the holiday responsibly and safely:

  • Stay hydrated
  • If you do go outside, protect yourself from heat and sun
  • If working outside, try to plan strenuous activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler
  • If you notice symptoms of heat illness, act immediately
  • Follow water safety tips if you go swimming or boating

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