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Fourth of July at the beach

Fourth of July celebrations are just around the corner. For lots of us, that means fireworks, barbecues, and maybe a trip to the beach. Whatever you have planned, the staff at Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital wants you to be safe and offers the following tips to keep a trip to the emergency room off the holiday list.


• Follow directions on all fireworks and don’t use them for anything other than what they’re intended for

• Never give fireworks to small children

• Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials

• Don’t alter or combine fireworks

• Never use homemade fireworks

• Have water available when lighting fireworks

• Keep spectators a safe distance away

• Make sure that whoever is lighting fireworks is sober and wearing safety glasses

• Never try to relight a firework that appear to be a “dud”

• Dispose of all firework materials by soaking in water before putting in the trash

• Keep fireworks and sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials

• The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public professional fireworks show


• Don’t take your pets to fireworks displays

• Don’t leave your pets unattended outside during fireworks

• Consider leaving the TV or radio on so your pets won’t hear the fireworks


• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use

• Keep the grill out in the open, away from anything that could catch fire, and never grill in an enclosed area

• Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill

• Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited

• Beware of outdoor food spoilage – keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold


• Be alert to water conditions, such as water depth and ocean currents, and check with lifeguards

• Swim sober and always swim with a buddy

• Protect the neck – don’t dive headfirst

• Keep constant attention on children while at the beach


• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15 and reapply often

• Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine that will dehydrate you

• Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that absorb 100 percent UV sunlight

• Protect your feet from burning sand and broken glass

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