Health & Environment

Fourth of July Safety Tips

 by Mary Wright, RN, health educator at North End Waterfront Health

Fireworks Over Boston Harbor (NEWF Photo)

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration and fun. Here are a few tips to help you have a fun and safe time.

Use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. If you are taking medication, check that it does have a sun sensitivity reaction. Some drugs in this classification include antibiotics, antihistamines, and chemotherapy drugs. Stay out of the hot sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drink lots of plain water. Wear a hat and sunglasses.

Remember that Massachusetts bans all consumer fireworks. Be sure to stay at least 500 feet away from a fireworks display. Use caution with sparklers. They burn at 2000 degrees; that is hot enough to melt some metals. When barbecuing, be sure to use the grill outside away from anything that could catch fire. Keep water or a hose nearby. Never leave a grill unattended.
Obey all pool rules. Never swim alone – use the buddy system.