Staying Alert and Safe: Health First Gives Guidelines to Follow When Celebrating Independence Day at Home

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Fireworks-related injuries are at an all-time high on July Fourth

Independence Day celebrations will look different this year. Many fireworks displays and other events are being canceled across Florida due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. (Health First image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Independence Day celebrations will look different this year. Many fireworks displays and other events are being canceled across Florida due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

With social distancing and other health measures still in place, health officials are urging people to be cautious if they plan to celebrate at home.

Fireworks-related injuries are at an all-time high on July Fourth, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

They can cause serious injuries, including burns, lacerations, and subjecting the eye to foreign objects.

It’s important to make sure everyone at home celebrating with fireworks is being protected at all times when dealing with objects that could be harmful if not handled properly.

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The CDC recommends the following safety tips to help minimize injuries on one of the most dangerous days of the year:

▪ Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
▪ Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities
▪ Make sure everyone watches fireworks displays from a safe distance
▪ Call 911 immediately if someone is injured by fireworks

Everyone’s actions on Independence Day are crucial to not only help safeguard from injuries but also give guests peace of mind by minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

It is crucial to stay alert and be proactive in trying to control the virus in our communities and especially in our homes. Guests should still obey social distancing measures, wear a face mask and continue frequent hand hygiene.

With cases increasing in Florida, now more than ever is the time to protect your family, friends and loved ones. Being responsible by abiding by COVID-19 safety guidelines and practicing fireworks safety at home is essential in protecting our community.

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