Tips for a Safe and Healthy Fourth of July – Hartford HealthCare

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July 01, 2024

Ready or not, the Fourth of July is here!
Whether you’re in it for the barbecuing, boat rides, or just the fireworks at the end of the night, no one wants to spend their holiday getting medical treatment.
To keep you healthy, we compiled a list of safety tips for a stress-free Fourth.
What’s a cookout without a nice juicy hamburger on the grill? But cooking meat also comes with risks, so make sure to follow these steps for tasty, but safe, preparation and grilling.
Hot summer days and prepared food don’t always mix, which makes your food storage methods even more important at a cookout.
Keep cold foods on ice under a tent or shaded area. Covering dishes can also keep flies and other pests away
Once food has been out of the fridge and in the “danger zone” of above 40 degrees for more than two hours, it’s no longer unsafe to eat. If the temperature is above 90 degrees, the time drops to just one hour.
Not sure if your food’s still good? The safest thing to do is throw it away.
No one likes a sunburn. And repeated skin damage also puts you at risk for skin cancer.
A good measure of your risk of sun exposure is the UV index, which is listed on most weather apps. The UV Index  forecasts the amount of ultraviolet radiation, which damages skin, that will reach the earth’s surface when the sun is highest in the sky, around noon each day.
Here’s how to gauge your risk based on the UV index:
For many, fireworks are the highlight of the Fourth of July. But when they’re not used correctly, they can be a threat to life and limb. Follow these tips when using fireworks.
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