HON. NANCY HARVEY STEORTS: Former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
First Consumer Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture 
International Safety Consultant 
Author of 3 Highly Acclaimed Books on Safety
Television Commentator and Speaker
Tel: 703-790-5116
The Nation’s Foremost Authority on SAFETY

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July, Don't Be a Statistic!

Safety recommendations from Hon. Nancy Harvey Steorts, Former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, author, Your Home Safe Home, Safe Living in a Dangerous World, and Safety and You.

Fireworks, family, celebration, and recreation are the things that we all enjoy about the Fourth of July. Nothing is like going to the park with thousands of other people and watching a fireworks display, or having a backyard barbecue with your family and friends. It is a great day of relaxation, backyard barbecues, magnificent fireworks displays, and catching up with all the family members. One of the unfortunate characteristics of this day is that injuries also occur. Fireworks, heat, and recreational activities cause most of the injuries suffered on Independence Day.

Safety Recommendations:

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 70-75% of fireworks injuries occur during a 30 day period (June 23-July 23). One peak day in Independence Day and another in New Year's Eve.45% of fireworks injuries are to children under the age of 15. Males are three times more likely than females to be injured. (U.S. Fire Administration)

  1. If your family likes fireworks, plan to watch fireworks displays rather than buying fireworks and detonating them yourself.
  2. Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  3. Keep all fireworks away from children. NO SPARKLERS! They can heat up to 2000 degrees.
  4. Dispose of fireworks properly, always have water handy.
  5. If you are taking a picnic, keep HOT FOODS HOT, COLD FOODS COLD.
  6. Do not let picnic food stay unrefrigerated, as it spoils very rapidly.
  7. Drink Plenty of Liquids to stay hydrated
  8. Wear light clothing, wear a strong sunscreen, and wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  9. Bring a First-Aid Kit, in case of an emergency. Don't forget the insect repellant
  10. Exercise extreme caution, when boating, swimming, or playing strenuous games.
  11. Be safety conscious, and Happy a very Happy and Safe Fourth of JULY.

Above recommendations are from Hon. Nancy Harvey Steorts, National Safety Expert and former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Author, "Your Home Safe Home', "Safe Living in a Dangerous World", and" "Safety and You".

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