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Your Independence Day weekend safety guide

Boy wearing a mask and holding an American flag.

/ by UK HealthCare

Celebrating the Fourth of July responsibly usually means safely managing sparklers, fireworks and pool time while spending quality time with family and friends, but this year, we must also plan to minimize exposure to COVID-19. 

In addition to our swimming, grilling and fireworks safety reminders, we put together a few coronavirus-related reminders to help you strike the right balance of safety and fun.

Wear a mask

Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask. Kim Blanton, enterprise director for Infection Prevention & Control, explains why wearing a mask is necessary – and Ashley Rapske and Jenna Cook, certified Child Life Specialists at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, put together these tips to help encourage kids to wear a mask.

Wash your hands frequently

Hand-washing with soap is the front line of defense against the COVID-19 virus. In addition, it can prevent one in three diarrhea-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections, including a cold or the flu. Are you sure you’re doing it correctly?

Social distancing

Avoid large crowds and keep 6 feet between you and the next person. Social distancing slows the spread of coronavirus and is currently recommended for everyone. 

Grilling 101

Are you grilling this weekend? Take a look at these grilling safety tips first so that you can keep the focus on good food and fun, not on first aid.

Swim smart

If you're headed to the pool or lake, safety should be the first thing on your mind. Follow these eight tips to help prevent injuries or even death.

Before you set off fireworks, read this

Fireworks are a staple of summer celebrations, but the fun, colorful displays can quickly become dangerous if you’re not careful. Here's how you and your family can stay safe when handling or being around fireworks.

Bye bye bug bites, hello great outdoors

You step outside to enjoy the warm weather and before you know it, you’re covered in bug bites. Sound familiar? This is how to keep you and your family safe from bug bites this summer.

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