Provided by Patient First
The 4th of July usually means parades, cookouts and fireworks. COVID-19 concerns have changed some of those plans. Many communities have canceled large gatherings out of public health safety concerns. That does not have to ruin your holiday. The 4th can still be fun for everyone, but a few precautions will keep you safe and healthy.
Family cookouts will always be a 4th of July tradition. Keep everyone safe when you fire up the grill. Remember these precautions:
- Keep children and pets away. Establish a three-foot “Kid Free Zone” around your grill.
- Use your grill outdoors only. Keep it away from your home, deck furniture and overhanging branches that might catch fire.
- Remove grease or fat from the grill tray so it does not flame up.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Grilling and drinking alcohol don’t mix.
As you head outdoors for that cookout and smaller celebrations, protect your family from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Patient First physicians have these suggestions to save your skin:
- Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF, even when it’s cloudy. Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outside.
- Wide-brimmed hats help shade your neck and face but do not offer complete protection. Use sunscreen on these sensitive skin areas.
- Wear lightweight sun-protective clothing. Long sleeves and long pants help protect skin.
- Wear sunglasses that block UV rays.
All Patient First medical centers are open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the 4th of July and every day of the year.