Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety

This post was written by Brittany Cruz, MSN, FNP-BC, APNP. Brittany is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Beloit Area Community Health Center.

The Fourth of July is often a time for family fun, fireworks, and water adventures. This year, however, extra precautions should be taken to protect your health and the health of your loved ones.

Take precautions against cornonavirus

With COVID-19 still actively present in our community, please practice the following this weekend for a safe and healthy Fourth of July:

  1. Stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  2. Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from each other.
  3. Continue to wear face coverings when out and about.
  4. Avoid crowds and mass gatherings. Currently, the Wisconsin Department of Health recommends gatherings to be limited to no more than 10 people.
  5. Practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces.

Fun in the sun and water safety

Swimming is a great way to cool off during the hot days of summer, but the dangers of water are always present. With Rock County recently experiencing the loss of life of a young child to the Rock River, now more than ever is an important time to talk about water safety.

  1. If you have an inflatable pool at home, make sure to empty it after each use.
  2. Make sure children are always supervised while in water. Even a minute of being away can pose a danger to your child’s safety.
  3. If you decide to go to the beach, make sure you are still practicing social distancing. A fun Wisconsin way to remember this is to reference the length of a cow.

Fireworks safety

With fireworks shows canceled, your own family may be planning your own show in your yard.

  1. Please keep all fireworks away from the hands of children.
  2. Never point a firework at anyone or animals.
  3. Keep water near as a precaution.

Have a happy and Healthy Fourth of July!