Keeping Your Fourth of July Safe & Stress-Free
With the fourth of July right around the corner, it's important to keep safety and health in mind. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a fun and safe holiday:
It's important to stay hydrated, especially when spending time outdoors in the heat. Keeping hydration in mind will help to prevent dehydration, heat stroke, and other heat-related issues. Be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol or sugary drinks.
Practice Sun Safety
In addition to avoiding heat stroke, it’s important to take breaks in the shade and protect your skin. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before heading outdoors. Don't forget to reapply throughout the day, especially if you're sweating or swimming!
Be Aware of Food Safety
BBQs are the perfect summer buffet — but this means food contamination is also a risk. When grilling or handling food, be sure to practice food safety to avoid illness. Keep raw meat separate from cooked meat, wash your hands often, and don't leave food out in the sun for too long.
Have a Plan for Fireworks
If you're planning on setting off fireworks, be sure to do so safely. Follow the instructions on the packaging, have a bucket of water nearby in case of accidents, and never allow children to handle fireworks.
Know When to Seek Medical Attention
The holidays should always be fun and exciting — but accidents or unexpected health conditions can happen. If you or someone you're with experiences chest pain, shortness of breath, food poisoning, or an uncontrolled fire during the fourth of July celebration, head to the nearest emergency room.
Treatment in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Odessa
By following these tips, you can enjoy a fun and safe fourth of July celebration. If you or a loved one is in need of emergency treatment — don’t hesitate. Dial 911 and visit any of our emergency centers for treatment.Contact Excel ER online or call us at (903) 500-7321 for more information about our locations in Longview, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, and Odessa today.