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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2011
Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356
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Summer Outdoor Injury Prevention Keeps Families Safe
Lincoln – With the Fourth of July almost here, it’s time for families to relax and enjoy traditional pastimes such as barbecues, pool parties, camping and backyard gatherings. Here are a few tips to make sure your family has a safe holiday.
Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, but avoid those with alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure to allow penetration. Re-apply after swimming and every 2 hours while you are outdoors. Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
Children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision. Never allow young children to handle fireworks, especially sparklers.
Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area, on a smooth, flat surface, away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
When barbequing, designate the grilling area a "Kid Free Zone" for the duration of the barbecue. Keep children and pets away from the grill area until it is completely cool.
Use only starter fluid made for barbecue grills when starting a fire in a charcoal grill; do not add liquid fuel to re-ignite a dwindling fire. Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line.
Use insect repellent, remembering to take special care with legs and feet. A mosquito repellant with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus works best. When using insect repellant and sunscreen, the sunscreen should be applied first.
When barbequing, cook meats thoroughly. Cook raw hamburger to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F and chicken to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F.
After cooking, keep hot food hot, and cold food cold. Bacteria multiply rapidly when food temperatures are not maintained. Keep hot food at a temperature of 140 degrees F or higher, and cold foods at 40 degrees F or lower.
Learn infant and child CPR before using a backyard pool. In less than two hours, you can learn effective interventions that can give a fighting chance to a child whose breathing and heartbeat have stopped.