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Stay safe this Independence Day with tips from DHHS
Lincoln – Grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, lounging by the water, waving sparklers into the night. No matter how you celebrate Independence Day, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services wants you to be aware of these safety tips.
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but they can also be dangerous. According to the Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office, 120 people had fireworks-related injuries June 25-July 5, 2018.
Enjoy fireworks safely by following these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Firing up the grill is an easy and popular way to feed guests on Independence Day. Given that, many people mistakenly believe the color of the inside of their burger–whether it's pink or brown–lets them know if it is safe to eat. It's a bit more complicated than that.
Studies from the United States Department of Agriculture show that one out of every four hamburgers turns brown before it reaches the safe internal temperature of 160°F. For that reason, the USDA says using a food thermometer is the only way to make sure cooked meat is safe to eat.
Use a food thermometer and follow these safety tips from the USDA to grill safely:
On Independence Day, Nebraskans usually beat the hot temperatures by jumping into a pool or lake. While water activities are a fun way to cool off, they have serious risks if proper precautions aren't taken.
Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay safe in the water:
Many Nebraskans spend Independence Day outside with friends and family. When you're enjoying the summer weather, remember to protect yourself from the sun and bug bites.
Follow these safety tips to enjoy your time outdoors:
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