As we celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, staying safe is a priority alongside having fun. Here are a few safety tips for your upcoming outdoor barbecue, water play, or fireworks experience:
If you’re on grill duty, remember to follow proper food safety to prevent foodborne illnesses. Bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli cause foodborne illnesses, and are most often spread by unwashed hands or uncooked or under-cooked meats or seafood. Symptoms from foodborne illness can be as mild as a stomach ache or serious enough to require hospitalization.
You can prevent foodborne illnesses by following these food safety tips:
Find more information on our Food Safety page and the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Barbecue and Picnic Food Safety page .
You can prevent drowning and other water injuries by following these tips:
In the United States, drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for children between the ages of 1 and 14. Visit DOH’s Water Recreation Safety page for more information.
Check the rules where you live before setting off your own fireworks. Every city, county, or town has their own rules and regulations for using fireworks. Make sure you only buy fireworks that are legal in the area you intend to use them.
Hundreds of people end up in the emergency room after improper firework handling. Using fireworks safely demands preparation, responsibility and attention.