June 2008 

In The Neighborhood

Summer Safety

Summer is a time when the kids are out of school, we enjoy barbecues with the family, but with all the fun can come some potential dangers. Be prepared this summer by following a few simple tips.

Fourth of July / Fireworks Safety
Beginning on Thursday, June 28, “Safe ‘n Sane” fireworks will go on sale at approved booths throughout the county. Fireworks marked with the “Safe ‘n Sane” designation are the only fireworks legally allowed in the county. Use of these fireworks is permitted only until midnight on July 4. After that time, use of any fireworks, including “Safe ‘n Sane,” is illegal.

By adhering to the following safety precautions, you can ensure a fun and safe experience with fireworks:

Read and follow all instructions listed on the fireworks.
• Use fireworks in approved, open, flat areas. Fireworks are not permitted in parks, city, county or state property, and federal property including Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston.
• Have a bucket of water and garden hose nearby in case of a fire.
• Supervise children closely around fireworks. Only adults should light fireworks.
• Do not use fireworks around flammable materials such as grass, trees or bushes.
• Carefully discard used fireworks and “duds”(those that do not ignite). Pick these up with a shovel and drop them into a bucket of water. Allow them to soak overnight before discarding.
• If a person’s clothes catch fire, that person should stop, drop and roll. Immediately seek medical help by calling 9-1-1.

Heat Tips
• Wear plenty of sunscreen.
• Drink plenty of fresh water, eat light meals and limit intake of carbonated drinks and alcoholic beverages.
• Wear a hat and sunglasses.
• Wear loose-fitting, light clothing.
• Do not leave children or pets in vehicles for any length of time.
• Try to limit outdoor exposure. When planning for outside activity, schedule trips for the earlier and later parts of the day.
• Check on elderly people who may be homebound.
• Look for signs of heat stroke and exhaustion including nausea, dizziness, fatigue and muscle cramps.

Food Preparation In The Heat
• Make sure to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot by using insulated containers or ice packs.
• Do not leave food out for more than two hours
• Wash your hands often during food preparation.
• Bacteria grows well as the temperatures rise so keep food as cold as possible until it is ready to be cooked.
• Keep meat, poultry and seafood away from cooked foods or foods eaten raw, such as vegetables and fruits.
• Keep food preparation areas and utensils clean.
• Follow cooking guidelines for meat, poultry and seafood.
• Know the correct internal temperature for meats and poultry.

For more information, visit the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Web site .

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