It’s the season for picnics, parties, and fireworks celebrations! Please remember that practicing a little common sense makes the festivities more enjoyable for you and those around you. Here are a few reminders about food, alcohol, and firework safety to prevent sickness and injury, and help keep the fun going all summer long.
– Keep cold food cold; store cold food at 40° or below.
– Don’t cross-contaminate food; keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood securely wrapped to prevent juices from
leaking onto other foods.
– Don’t reuse utensils that have been used on raw meats. Keep utensils and serving dishes clean.
– Clean your fruits and vegetables.
– Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
– Cook food thoroughly.
– Know your limits.
– Stay hydrated; drink water in between cocktails.
– Avoid swimming or boating when inebriated. Up to 70% of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve
the use of alcohol.
– Call a cab or use a designated driver if you have to travel after drinking.
– Obey local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
– Know your fireworks; read all labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
– A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
– Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
– Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
– Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
– Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
– NEVER relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
– Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
– Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.
– Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
For more information, visit:
Eating Outdoors, Handling Food Safely: www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm109899.htm
Promoting Safe and Responsible Use of Consumer Fireworks: www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips
Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/SummerSafety/NIAAA_SummerSafetyFactSheet.pdf