Published on June 28, 2013

Better Safe than Sorry

The Fourth of July is no doubt one of the best days of summer, but also can be very dangerous. Lawrence Memorial Hospital wants to share a few safety reminders to keep your Independence Day fun and smooth-sailing:

  1. When boating, if not wearing a life jacket, you have a one in 11 chance of drowning. Wearing a life jacket reduces your risk of drowning to 1 in 66. Children should wear life jackets at all times, and for adults, wearing a life jacket is smart and sets a great example for the children. www.uscgboating.org!
  2. Be aware of the city’s policies on fireworks. Only “novelty” fireworks are allowed within Lawrence city limits. Unsure what that means? Brush up at http://lawrenceks.org/fireworks. If you are outside the Lawrence city limits, stay smart and still keep the rest of these fireworks tips in mind:
    • Light only one firework at a time and never try to re-light or pick up a firework that didn’t ignite properly; it could 
      decide to go off right when you’re reaching over it.
    • Always keep a hose or bucket of water near your firework “launching pad” in case of an emergency. It is also a good idea to hose off used fireworks before placing them in the garbage to prevent trash fires.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person! Think it’s no big deal? Last year, an estimated 8,700 people were treated for fireworks-related
      injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  3. When preparing your Fourth of July feast, don’t use the same platter for raw meat and cooked meat; harmful bacteria from raw meat can linger and contaminate a perfectly good steak!
  4. When grilling, it is always smart to use a food thermometer to ensure that food is fully cooked and at a safe internal temperature. The Center for Disease Control says that every year, approximately 76 million people in the United States get sick from eating contaminated food, and approximately 5,000 of those people will actually die from food-borne illness.
  5. Drunk driving should never be an option. Before drinking, ensure that you have a designated driver that can safely and soberly take you home at the end of the night! Also something to keep in mind, there will likely be DUI checkpoints. written by Maria Watson, LMH Marketing & Business Development Intern

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