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Lincoln – Grilling, lounging by the water, watching fireworks into the night; no matter how you celebrate Independence Day, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services wants to share these safety tips.
Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but they can also be dangerous. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office reports 120 people suffered fireworks-related injuries in Nebraska during the 2018 Independence holiday season.
Enjoy consumer fireworks safely by following these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
If you're viewing a public fireworks display, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between households at these events and other celebrations to help limit exposure and spread of COVID-19.
Grilling and Gathering Safety
Firing up the grill is an easy and popular way to feed guests on Independence Day. In addition to grilling safely, also consider safety precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from spreading COVID-19 during a gathering or cook-out.
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 (USDA) 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:
If you decide to host a gathering or cook-out, protect yourself from COVID-19 by following these safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
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 CDC tips 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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