Fourth of July Safety Precautions

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One of America’s most celebrated holidays, Fourth of July, is right around the corner.  This year will surely be different than years past, with social distancing and masking guidelines.  However, the COVID-19 precautions are not the only safety measures to follow, especially for children.  Follow these tips and tricks to keep your little ones safe this Fourth of July.

  • Fireworks + children = dangerous. This seems like common sense, but keep the kids away from where fireworks are being set off or where debris may fall on them. Even small fireworks like sparklers can cause serious injury such as burns and eye loss. Sparklers burn at over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and stay hot after they burn out for quite some time.
  • July in Ohio typically comes with hot and humid weather. Make sure your kids are drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Avoid having infants outside for prolonged periods of time as they’re most susceptible to the heat.
  • Be conscious of the food available to your kids. Foods like hot dogs and grapes should be cut lengthwise until kids are at least 5 years old to prevent them from choking.
  • Celebrating by a pool, lake, pond or other body of water? There should be a person designated to watch the water and each child present. Drownings happen most often when children are not intended to be swimming and they sneak away while parents are distracted (fireworks can be very distracting).
  • Apply at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen to your children 20-30 minutes before you go outside and reapply every 2 hours. Try to keep babies 6 months and under out of direct sunlight. If there’s no way to avoid sun exposure, protect infants with light-weight long sleeve shirts and hats and talk to your doctor about the best sunscreen for them.
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