- Seven Safety Tips for the 4th of July
- Your A-Z guide to the best July Fourth sales still happening right now
- Major retailers:
- Beauty and apparel:
- 5 Tips For Totally Glowing 4th of July Skin
- Skin Care Tips for your 4th of July Weekend
- – Keep it Cool
- – Don’t Bug Out
- – Stay Kissable
- – Burning is not an option
- – And Have Fun!
- Four on the Fourth of July: 4 Holiday Rescues for Summer Skin Emergencies
- #1 Road Rash
- #2 Margarita Dermatitis
- #3 Insect Sting
- #4 Heat Rash
- Fourth of July Holiday Safety Tips
- Fireworks Safety
- Pet Precautions
- Additional Safety Precautions to Keep in Mind
Seven Safety Tips for the 4th of July
This is Mass.Gov’s post for 2014. Click here for our 4th of July 2015 post.
In 1775, the first shots at Lexington and Concord were fired, marking the beginnings of the American Revolution. Today, Americans take time each year on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our nation and commemorate those who fought for our freedom. On this day of backyard barbecues, fireworks, and outdoor fun, remember to keep a few safety tips in mind:
- Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Massachusetts law prohibits private citizens from using, selling, or possessing fireworks. Additionally, fireworks purchased legally elsewhere and then transported into the state are strictly prohibited. There are a variety of fireworks displays supervised by professionals to enjoy in Massachusetts instead.
Whether on the playground or at a campground, make sure children are supervised while celebrating outside during the holiday. Keep fireworks and sparklers reach of children at all times. Remove pieces of small toys, balloons, , and other items that may be potential choking hazards or dangerous to small children.
- Consume Alcohol Responsibly
Drive sober or get pulled over. Establish a designated driver in advance to bring partygoers home from 4th of July festivities. Know your limits when drinking alcohol and don’t overindulge.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before participating in outdoor activities to reduce the risk for one of the most preventable types of cancer: skin cancer. Protect children from the sun by having them wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen, as well as suggesting they play in shaded areas. Consult your pediatrician before using sunscreen on infants.
- Review Safe Boating Practices
Heading out on the water is a great way to take in the spectacular summer weather and outdoor scenery that Massachusetts has to offer. Look over safe boating practices before embarking on your next trip.
Remember to equip your boat with lifejackets in appropriate sizes and types for the intended wearers – even pets. Stay alert while navigating, and follow state boating laws by traveling at safe speeds.
Protect yourself from tick-borne diseases including West Nile Virus and Lyme disease by knowing how to recognize ticks.
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after being outdoors, especially in moist, wooded, or grassy areas, and be sure to perform a tick check. Use fine-tuned tweezers to remove ticks immediately.
Keep backyards free from rotting leaves and damp grasses to eliminate potential breeding grounds.
Drink plenty of fluids while spending time outside in the hot sun to avoid heat illness. Consumption of alcohol also causes dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water with any adult beverages. Keep cool by staying in the shade when possible. Look after pets, infants, and the elderly, all of whom are more susceptible to heat stroke.
Whether you’re celebrating the birth of our nation with barbecues or by camping with friends, follow these simple precautions for a safe holiday. Bring sunscreen, stay hydrated, and be mindful of outdoor creatures. Have a happy and healthy 4th of July!
How do you plan to celebrate our nation’s birthday safely? Leave us suggestions in the comments below or tweet us, @MassGov.
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Your A-Z guide to the best July Fourth sales still happening right now
- We've rounded up the best July 4th sales to shop right now
- Deals range from home goods to tech devices
As the United States celebrates Independence Day on Thursday, you may enjoy a patriotic parade, fireworks or a cookout with friends and family — and you can also enjoy big savings from a number of retailers. Even better, the deals have arrived now, and many of them last a bit past the fourth.
From electronics a 55-inch 4K TV from TCL, to a pair of comfortable shoes from Kenneth Cole, there are discounts across the board. And making time for some online shopping this week can save you a ton of money.
To make it easier for you, we've rounded up the best deals from A all the way to Z.
Ahead you can check out the best Fourth of July deals across multiple categories including apparel, home and electronics. So what are you waiting for?
Amazon: Throughout July, new customers can get Audible Escape at over 75% off. Plus, you can save 66% off your first four months of Audible and save $30 when you sign up for an annual membership. Save on Amazon devices the Echo Dot ($24.99, originally $49.99; amazon.com) and a Ring Smart Lighting starter kit ($99.99, originally $129.97; amazon.com).
Ancestry: Ancestry's Family History memberships will be on sale for 50% off this Fourth of July, as well as its DNA kit, which will be just $59. The flash sale ends on July 4.
Nordstrom: While you wait for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you can save big on clothing, home goods, electronic devices and more in Nordstrom's sale section this Fourth of July.
Overstock: Save an extra 20% on many products from nearly all departments and score two-day delivery in this Fourth of July sale.
Target: Score up to 30% off furniture, 20% off swimwear, and get bikes, grills, sandals and more at a steep discount this Fourth of July.
Walmart: Save big on fashion, Americana decor, pool essentials and other summer items during Walmart's Fourth of July sale.
Beauty and apparel:
adidas: Creators Club members can save an additional 30% with code SAVE30 until July 5.
Athleta: All swimwear, as well as other select activewear styles, will be 40% off.
Chinese Laundry: Buy one pair of shoes and get the second pair for half off (with code SAVE50) now at Chinese Laundry.
Colourpop: Get 25% off the entire site, including fan-favorite makeup and skin care items, this Fourth of July.
COS: Score an extra 15% off items during COS's Summer Sale, from July 4 until July 7.
DiscountGlasses.com: Celebrate Independence Day in style with DiscountGlasses' 25% off sale. Just use the code SUNNIESDAY25 at checkout to redeem.
Fossil: Need a new timepiece? Fossil is offering 30% off sale items from now until July 5 with the code SPARKLE30.
Frank And Oak: Try Frank And Oak's signature Style Plan risk-free and get $25 off your first box using the code USA25. The deal is valid until July 5.
JackRabbit: Save big on top brands, including Nike, Adidas and more, this Fourth of July during JackRabbit's massive sale.
Kenneth Cole: Take 40% off the entire Kenneth Cole site, plus use the code FIREWORKS10 for an additional 10% off.
Liingo Eyewear: Score a pair of sunglasses for 25% off when you use the code JULY 4 at checkout, now until July 7.
Lilly Pulitzer: Shoppers can get a free gift with purchase during Lilly Pulitzer's July Fourth sale.
M.Gemi: Take up to 65% off over 166 men's and women's footwear styles this Fourth of July.
Macy's: Macy's is hosting a massive 25% off sale on clearance clothing and accessories for men and women, home items, and more. Plus, you can get an extra 15% off select men's shoes as well as coats, dresses, suits, luggage and swimwear, or an extra 10% off select small appliances and decor items. The deal lasts until July 7.
Marimekko: Score sale items with an additional 15% off until July 7.
Mytheresa: Get an extra 20% off all sale items for a limited time only.
Naadam: Save big on Naadam's already affordable cashmere products during its Fourth of July sale, which includes cozy polos, tanks and other summer essentials at a fraction of the regular prices.
New Balance: Get $10 off orders of $75 or more plus score free shipping with code BBQ.
Of a Kind: For a limited time only, Of a Kind products will be on sale at up to 70% off, with no code necessary.
Original Penguin: Save big on men's wardrobe essentials until July 11 at Original Penguin, where you get up to 50% off, plus an extra 10% off using the code EXTRA10!.
Perry Ellis: Until July 7, shoppers can take 40% off their purchases with the code JULY4TH at checkout.
Saks Off Fifth: Take up to 90% off (yes, you read that right), plus for select clearance items, you can buy one and get one at 40% off.
Tanya Taylor: Receive an additional 20% off select styles with code SALEAWAY until July 7.
ThredUP: ThredUP will be offering shoppers up to 50% off select styles until July 6.
The North Face: Shop the summer sale for up to 30% off apparel for men, women and kids.
Tory Burch: The End-of-Season Sale starts now at Tory Burch. Shop today to get an extra 30% off sale styles with the code EXTRA30 at checkout.
True Religion: Take 50% off in stores and online until July 10.
UNTUCKit: Score up to 25% off select styles of button-downs, polos, shorts, shirt and more.
Urban Outfitters: Urban Outfitters is offering buy one, get one for 50% off on women's apparel items.
White House Black Market: Stock up on wardrobe essentials during White House Black Market's semiannual sale, where you can get 50% off must-have styles.
AllModern: Score up to 65% off home decor and furnishing items, plus get an extra 25% off with the code MAKEWAVES.
Allswell: Stock up on bedroom essentials during Allswell's 15% off site-wide sale. Simply use the code FIREWORKS at checkout.
Bear Mattress: Get 20% off the entire Bear Mattress site, plus score two free Cloud Pillows with every mattress purchase, from now until July 9 with code JULY20.
The Bouqs Company: Freshen up your home with a stunning flower arrangement, now 20% off with the code FIREWORK20.
Brooklyn Bedding: This Fourth of July, save up to 25% off all Brooklyn Bedding products, including mattresses and sheets.
Casper: Score 10% off a mattress with code STRIPES for the Fourth of July.
Cost Plus World Market: Rewards members can get an extra 20% off online purchases (with code WMJULY4), and nonmembers can save 10% off online orders (with code HAPPYJULY4) until July 6.
Covers and All: Get 15% off grill covers and more this Fourth of July.
Crane & Canopy: Enjoy up to 70% off luxury bedding and home decor with Crane & Canopy's Megasale, running until July 5.
Freshly: Get $40 off your first two orders of Freshly with the code FIREWORKS40 at checkout.
Grafomap: Give your loved ones a custom gift this year with Grafomap, 10% off until the end of July with the code INDEPENDENCE.
Hayneedle: Score up to 50% off on markdowns, and from July 4 through August 5, save up to 40% on outdoor furniture.
Helix: Score $100 off, plus get two free Dream Pillows, when you spend $600 or more with the code FOURTH at checkout.
Home Depot: Score up to 40% off select furniture, small kitchen appliances, bed and bath, and home accents.
Houzz: Houzz is throwing a megasale, with up to 80% off the entire site (which includes outdoor furniture, lighting and more) until July 7.
Hurom: From now until July 8, Hurom is offering up to 25% off its high-powered juicing products., including the Alpha, Classic and Limited Edition Series slow juicers.
Leesa: From now through July 9, score 15% off a mattress and get two free pillows with the purchase.
Molekule: Breathe easier this summer with a premium air purifier, now $100 off with the code SUMMER100.
Nest Bedding: Nest Bedding, a direct-to-consumer bedding and mattress company, is offering $200 off select mattresses.
Overstock: Overstock will have over a million items on sale this Fourth of July, making it one of the biggest sales we've seen yet. Deals include an extra 20% off in every department, free returns for Club 0 members, and free two-day delivery on thousands of products.
SodaStream: Score 20% off site-wide (excluding gas cylinders) with the code AMERICA at checkout, until July 6.
Vitamix: Save over $100 on a certified reconditioned A2500, which includes settings for smoothies, hot soups and frozen desserts, built-in wireless connectivity and pairs with the Vitamix Perfect Blend App.
Acer: Save big on best-selling PCs during Acer's 20% off site-wide sale.
Amazon: Score a 3rd Gen Echo Dot for just $24.99 and a 2nd Gen Echo for $69.99. Prime members can get $100 off a Fire TV Recast or $20 off an Echo Input. You can get a Ring Smart Lighting starter kit for just $99.99 and save big on many other devices.
Anker: For July Fourth you can score a 4-Port USB 3.0 data hub for just $6.99 with code ANKERUSB3 and a PowerWave 10 dual wireless charging pad for $49.99 with code ANKER2571. Additionally you can score a Nebula Capsule II for almost $100 off at just $499.99 with code 4THJULYM2 and a Roav Dash Cam C2 Pro for $119.99, down from $149.99.
Belkin: Score a Wemo Miini Smart Plug for just $17.99, normally $24.99 on Amazon.
Best Buy: Shoppers can score up to 40% off top appliance deals this Fourth of July.
B&H Photo: Save on iPads, cameras, streaming sticks, smart speakers and more in this Fourth of July sale.
Case-Mate: Score 25% off all products in this sitewide sale.
Decluttr: Score up to $50 off iPhones, Samsung Galaxy devices, Apple Watches, game consoles the Nintendo Switch, laptops and more for July 4.
Grip2ü: Save 25% on these protective cases for your phone with a built-in grip on July 4 with code FIREWORK25.
HP: Save on a wide range of products including laptops, desktops, and printers.
Lenovo: Save an additional 10% on already up to 51% devices from Lenovo in this epic sale. For Yoga and Legion laptops use codes YOGA4TH or LEGION4TH to save more. Specifically score big savings on the Yoga C930 ($999.99, originally $1,399.99; lenovo.com), Flex 5 ($627.44, originally $899.99; lenovo.com), and Ideapad S340 ($523.12, originally $749.99; lenovo.com).
Microsoft:Save on a wide range of product laptops, Xbox consoles, tablets and accessories in this Fourth of July sale. You can also score the Dell XPS 15 9570 laptop for $500 off its original price.
Mocacare:Save on this sleek and FDA-approved MOCAcuff blood pressure monitor.
Motorola: For the Fourth of July you can save on the Moto E5 Play, Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power.
Samsung: Save big on Android tablets and phones, and even on a sleek Notebook 7 Spin laptop from Samsung.
Sony: Score a pair of top rated WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones at 15% off for $298 on Amazon.
Speck: You can save 25% off site-wide on cases for phones, tablets, and laptops with code JULY4TH.
Totallee: You can score 30% off all Totallee cases and accessories until July 8 on Amazon with code UNDERSCORE30.
TCL: Score big savings on a TCL Roku 6-Series 4K TV in several sizes on Amazon.
Urbanears: Score 40% off Plattan 2 over-ear headphones.
ZAGG: Score 25% off an itemof your choosing from Mophie, Invisible Shield and any other ZAGG brand.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailers' listed prices at the time of publication.
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5 Tips For Totally Glowing 4th of July Skin
Happy 4th of July! A time of fireworks and hotdogs. Burgers and beers. Family and country. It’s the quintessential American holiday and a day that’s usually marked by friends, fun, and long hours spent in the sun and by the pool.
It’s fantastic, to be sure. But it can also be a huge strain on your skin and hair. Here’s how to prepare your skin for the day ahead so you can have all the fun with none of the regrets.
Let’s dive in.
1. First thing’s first – make sure you hydrate!
Nothing can cause major skin issues – acne, chapped lips, dry skin, and bad sunburns – some good old fashioned dehydration. And, on the 4th of July, there’s a lot going on, which makes it easy to skimp out on the clear stuff.
Sidestep this beauty and health mishap in the making by starting your day with at least 16 ounces of good old fashioned H20. From there, check in and make sure to take a few swigs at least a couple of times throughout the day (you can even make one of those corny – but effective – DIY water bottles that help you keep track of how much you’ve had to drink and how much you still have to go).
Sound too much of a pain?
You can eat your water throughout the day too! Load up on some hydrating, summery fruits and veggies :
- A cucumber salad
That way, you be bright-eyed, clear-skinned, and ready to keep the festivities going.
2. Protect your skin from harmful rays
Fourth of July is probably the most outdoor holiday in the world, which means prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays. While you can’t keep it completely indoors – duh – you cancombat this damage using a few tips and tricks:
- Dress accordingly: Honestly, sometimes applying and reapplying sunscreen can be a real pain. Instead, dress for the occasion, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and maybe even a light UV-resistant long-sleeved shirt or swim top.
- Use the white stuff: Try to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It should be at least 30 SPF, and you should reapply at least every few hours if you can remember.
- Incorporate repairing skincare: Be sure to incorporate antioxidants, hyaluronic acid,and peptidesinto your AM skincare routine. The antioxidants will battle free radical damage – which can happen due to prolonged sun exposure and lead to wrinkles and other damage – while hyaluronic acid and peptides can encourage lasting hydration andcollagen production.
3. Get active!
Nothing gets the circulation going and the blood pumping – all great for glowing skin from within – some classic exercise. Luckily, this is the perfect holiday to get out and get moving.
So try joining in on some classic backyard BBQ games. Don’t have any going on? Get one started, :
- Water toss
Plus, it’ll get the whole group moving and playing together without making you guys overexert yourselves.
Sound it’ll be too hot for all that? Get a game going in the pool! Just don’t forget to reapply that sunscreen when you get out.
4. Eat before the party
Listen, any party is just a roomful of temptation when it comes to junk food, treats, and snacks.
And on one hand, the 4th of July is a time to go for it and enjoy!
After all, Independence Day wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t have some of your favorite go-to American treats (looking at you, barbecue foods, chips, and corn).
But here’s the thing – you know what a bad idea it is to go to a grocery store hungry: your eyes are way bigger than your stomach, and you wind up spending a hundred extra dollars on random cheeses, fruits, and other things you don’t really want!
It’s the same idea here. If you get to the party absolutely starving, you’re probably going to eat a lot more junk and have some snacks that you’ll regret later on. Especially because extra sugary, carb-filled, or oily food can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to breakouts, unbalanced complexion, and more.
That’s why we recommend that you eat a light meal before you go. That way, you can still enjoy all the treats that you really want without feeling a black hole for things that you ultimately don’t.
5. Give your skin some afterparty TLC
Finally, finish off the night by showing your skin some love! And after a long day in the sun, it’ll need some extra hydrating and repairing TLC.
Here are some all-star ingredients you can be sure to include (and the order you should use them in):
- Cleanser: First thing’s first – this day is all about gentle and hydrating skincare solutions. So make sure that you don’t use a cleanser that is harsh or stripping on your skin. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanseror cleansing balm that will soothe any redness or irritation from the day.
- Hydrating mask: Have any hydrating sheet masks lying around the house? Today is the time to use them! Alternatively, you can break out the honey or aloe for an effective DIY solution. Just apply directly to your skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
- Serum: Serums have low viscosity and absorb super quickly – and they’re usually packed with healthy vitamins and ingredients. This is the perfect time to apply one and let all the benefits soak right in.
- Eye cream: Do not skip out on the eye cream today! Your face will thank you for the extra hydration.
- Face oil: Applying an oil before your anti-aging cream tricks the skin into letting in active ingredients – antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C – and getting them closer to the collagen-producing cells. So trick away, my friend.
- Moisturizer: Finally, finish the routine with an ultra-moisturizing night cream. That way, you’ll wake up refreshed, bright-eyed, and ready for the long weekend ahead!
Skin Care Tips for your 4th of July Weekend
Who’s looking forward to our long 3 day weekend?! I know I am, it’s one of my favorite holidays. Whether you are going to a local park to enjoy some outdoor festivities or to a beach party; most of us have plans that revolve around being outdoors.
What’s more American than drinking some beer and barbequing burgers with family and friends? With all of the patriotic excitement in the air it’s easy for us to forget about taking care of ourselves.
So here are a few tips to make sure you have a fun and safe weekend!
– Keep it Cool
It’s starting to burn up across the country so try to avoid the sun between the sun’s peak hours of 10am and 4pm. Not only is this the hottest part of the day but it can be the most draining because of the heat. Keep hydrated all day with not only water but sports drinks with electrolytes, so you are able to sustain energy for the entire weekend.
Most of us have experienced heat exhaustion, so get a portable hand held fan, stay in the shade as much as possible, and wear light weight clothing to help keep you cool.
Here’s an idea: put some ice cubes and cold water in a squirt bottle to frequently spritz yourself throughout the day to ensure you don’t overheat, who knows it may start a fun water fight!
– Don’t Bug Out
There is nothing worse than getting a mosquito bite or having an infestation of ants to ruin a perfectly good picnic outing.
Plan ahead and try to avoid confrontations with these tiny vicious creatures by using a personal bug repellent, set up fly traps, and making sure that you keep all food covered! They now have on the market a two-in-one sunscreen and bug spray, make sure to read the fine print! Experts say that many of these types of products you need to be careful about because you can only apply them 2-3 times a day, and as we all know you should reapply your sunscreen much more frequently than that!
– Stay Kissable
There is nothing worse than being with that special someone and when they go in for a kiss and you realize you have flaky lips. Being in the sun for long periods of time can dry your skin out, so do not forget to keep your lips moisturized.
Always make sure the lip balm you use has an SPF of 30 or higher and using reapply consistently throughout the day. If you would rather wear a lip gloss or lipstick instead, apply the SPF lip balm before your other makeup products.
Drinking plenty of water throughout your day will also prevent chapped lips.
– Burning is not an option
This holiday make sure to lather up with sunscreen before hitting the outdoors. Always put on your sunscreen a minimum of 15 minutes before you start your day in the sun. An easy way to know how much to use, is to think about the size of a shot glass! It only takes one shot glass amount of sunscreen to cover your entire body.
Reapply every 2 hours if you’re not in the water, and if you decide to take a dip in the pool reapply every 30 minutes.
It’s okay to use the basic sunscreen for your body on your face- however if you are prone to break outs or have sensitive skin make sure to use a physical sunscreen, look for products with zinc or titanium in it to help keep your skin looking flawless.
– And Have Fun!
Have a blast this Independence day and show your patriotism by celebrating outdoors! Enjoy the parades, fireworks and all the other fun summer activities this holiday!
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Four on the Fourth of July: 4 Holiday Rescues for Summer Skin Emergencies
Over the Fourth-of-July weekend, most of us will be participating in outdoors activities and joining summer festivities. With outside fun comes the risk of scraped knees, dermatitis, insect bites or heat rash. Here are four rescue tips for summer skin emergencies, so you and your family can enjoy a safe and worry-free holiday.
#1 Road Rash
Kids and grownups a are hopping on their bikes, buckling on their skates, and even bouncing around on pogo sticks! With all of this activity comes the inevitable dangers of tumbles, bumps, and bruises and scrapes.
Your holiday rescue: The first step in dealing with an abrasion is to determine if there are any other injuries. If there is a head injury, loss of consciousness, confusion, or limited ability to move a limb, call for emergency help.
If the scrape appears minor, let a small amount of bleeding continue: this can help to clean out any embedded dirt or asphalt from within the wound! Wash the site gently but thoroughly with mild soap and water.
If there is any debris identified within the wound, use sterile tweezers to remove it.
There is no need to use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or iodine to clean the site. Mild soap and water is sufficient! Apply an antibiotic ointment and a nonstick bandage to the surface of the wound. The wound should be washed at least once daily and the ointment and bandage reapplied until the wound has healed.
A moisture barrier dressing (such as Tegaderm) or a colloidal dressing (such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushion) can be used after a few days. These have the advantage of being comfortable and flexible and can remain in place for several days at a time, even in the shower or other wet environments. Learn more about wound care.
#2 Margarita Dermatitis
Be careful of squeezing that lime into your margarita or other festive summer libation! Limes contain plant compounds called furocoumarins that are intensely sun sensitizing.
Contact with lime juice followed by UV light exposure (from the sun) results in a painful, sometimes blistering rash, also known as phytophotodermatitis.
The rash often appears in odd drip- patterns or fingerprints on the skin, and it can leave behind a deep discoloration that can take months to fade.
Your holiday rescue: Thoroughly wash your hands after squeezing or handling limes and before heading out into the sun.
Apply sunscreens copiously and regularly to protect your skin from the ultraviolet light rays that cause the dermatitis.
Cool compresses, and topical steroid creams can be useful for any discomfort from blistering, and prescription bleaching agents may improve the resultant discoloration.
#3 Insect Sting
Stinging insects are unwelcome guests to festive cookouts and fireworks viewing. Bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants can sting and produce localized pain, swelling, itch and redness.
Your holiday rescue: Keep food covered, because stinging insects can be attracted to food and beverages and climb into picnic containers. Avoid bright clothing and walking barefoot in the grass.
If you are stung, keep an eye out for symptoms that may require more urgent medical attention, such as hives or itching at other sites of the body, shortness of breath, lip or tongue swelling, dizziness or feeling faint.
Call for emergency help if any of these symptoms are present.
If you are stung, remove the stinger. A flat firm object a credit card, or your fingernail can be scraped across the site to flick it out. Clean the area gently, and apply a cold compress or ice, which is a quick way to relieve inflammation. A hydrocortisone cream and an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, can also reduce swelling and irritation.
#4 Heat Rash
As the temperatures rise, heat rash (aka prickly heat) can develop in skin folds or where clothing covers the skin. The sweat ducts become blocked, and tiny, itchy dots develop in the skin folds or where elastic bands from clothing rub.
Your holiday rescue: Get cool! Seek air conditioned comfort, and if that isn’t possible, a cool washcloth pressed to affected areas can help. Hydrocortisone cream is also helpful for the itchiness! Avoid tight clothing and occlusive fabrics, such as polyester, as these can worsen the eruption.
If you have any doubt regarding a wound, signs of dermatitis, an insect bite or a heat rash, call your dermatologist or contact Skincare Physicians.
Have a happy and safe July 4th!
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Fourth of July Holiday Safety Tips
It's never too early to contemplate safety measures for your Fourth of July celebration. Doing so will ensure that you and your loved ones have a great time on Independence Day. Besides, there's nothing patriotic about suffering injuries and having to go to the emergency room when everyone else is celebrating.
First and foremost, obey local laws. If fireworks are illegal where you live, don't use them. Even if they are legal in your area, keep fireworks the hands of minors, including unlit fireworks. Take children to public firework displays and seize the opportunity to discuss safety issues beforehand.
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If you live somewhere that allows individuals to use fireworks, proceed with caution and use common sense. The National Safety Council offers a number of safety precautions, but here's some common sense advice.
- Follow the directions on all fireworks and don't use them for anything other than what they're intended for.
- Don't attempt to alter or combine fireworks products.
- Never use homemade fireworks.
- Report illegal explosives to the nearest fire or police department.
- When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. A hose is best, but a bucket will suffice.
- Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
- Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
- Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
- Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in a bucket of water and dispose of it.
- Dispose of all firework materials by soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
- Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.
Most animals are frightened by fireworks. Pets that feel scared may react by running away from home, defecating indoors, or otherwise destroying property. Protect your pets on the fourth of July by taking some basic precautions.
- Don't take your pets to fireworks displays.
- Don't leave your pets in a car by themselves.
- Don't leave your pets unattended outside.
- During public fireworks displays, keep your pets in a safe place indoors where they won't be able to destroy anything.
- If your home isn't soundproof, leave the television or radio on so your pets won't hear the fireworks.
- Consult your veterinarian ahead of the holiday if your pets have a tendency to overreact to loud noises.
Additional Safety Precautions to Keep in Mind
Fireworks are usually the first thing most people think of when it comes to the Fourth of July, but there are other aspects to the holiday that merit precautions. Most summer season safety measures are worth bearing in mind on Independence Day. Depending on which specific activities comprise your festivities, the following are possible concerns.
- During daylight hours, you'll want to protect yourself from excess exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
- Heatstroke and dehydration are other daylight concerns to keep in mind. Be sure to drink plenty of water and seek out shady areas if you feel overheated.
- If you host or attend a barbecue, beware of possible fire hazards and outdoor food spoilage.
- Depending on your location, you may need to wear insect repellent and be alert for bees or wasps.
- Use good judgment when going swimming or boating. Be alert to water conditions, such as water depth and ocean currents. Make sure novice swimmers use flotation devices and children have chaperones.
- Wear protective gear for bicycling and other sports.
A single article about Fourth of July holiday safety tips can only scratch the surface. To learn more, visit the Consumer Products Safety Commission and the resources published by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Becoming knowledgeable about safety measures will help make the holiday more fun for everyone involved.