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  • Decorating Wisely: Take the…

    By Glenda Wise

    One moment your biggest concern is checking off your to-do list to get things perfect for a graduation…

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  • Keep Germs Out of the Water

    Press release

    Did you know there are billions of germs floating in the water of community pools, splash pads, and other…

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  • 3 Ingredient Cookies

    Old Fashioned 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

    Servings: 14 -18 cookies, depending on size

    Ingredients

    1 cup sugar

    1…

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  • Rep. Calvey Comments on…

    Press release

    OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Kevin Calvey released the following response about findings by the grand jury…

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    May 16, 2018 By: Bruce D. Greenstein, HHS Chief Technology Officer

    From HHS.gov

    Summary:HHS and the ASN created…

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  • For the Children: Advocacy…

    By OICA CEO Joe Dorman

    The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) had the pleasure of holding several events…

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  • Wister Summer Food Program…

    Wister Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

    All Children 18 years and under eat Free.

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  • Program Seeks Input for Child…

    Press release

    The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) seeks input from private and public agencies,…

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    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the importance of art in the home and how we buy something when we travel somewhere…

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  • Attorney General Hunter Joins…

    Press release

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined 12 other state attorneys general in asking a…

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  • Summer EBT for Children Apply…

    Press release

    STUDENTS RECEIVING FREE AND REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS MAY QUALIFY FOR FREE FOOD THIS SUMMER!

    APPLICATION…

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    Press release

    The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), the Pottawatomie County Health Department and Citizen…

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  • OSDH Recognizes Public Health…

    Press release

    During National Nurses Week May 6-12, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will recognize the…

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    By Glenda Wise

    The April issue of Builder magazine’s cover featured this headline, “Brass Is Back”. It suddenly…

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  • DHS to serve people on…

    Press release

    Oklahoma City—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services received a $34 million increase in appropriations…

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Tips to Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July

Written by  Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:37
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It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – a time with family, friends, fireworks, a backyard barbecue, and maybe a trip to the lake. However, this American holiday is also one of the most dangerous.


According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the OSDH is offering the following safety tips for preventing injuries and illness during this year’s Fourth of July activities:


Firework Safety
• Obey all state and local laws regarding the sale, possession and use of fireworks.
• A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
• Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
• Make sure you, your kids and others watch fireworks from a safe distance.
• Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.
• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
• Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
• Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal trash can away from any buildings or combustible materials until the next day.
Safe Food Preparation
• Clean: Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and running water before, during, and after handling food. Hold friends and family accountable by asking them if they washed their hands. Wash all surfaces and utensils with hot, soapy water before and after preparing each food item.
• Separate: Avoid cross-contamination. Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils for fresh fruits/veggies and for raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs. Also make sure to keep these items separate when shopping at the grocery store, storing in the refrigerator and during preparation.
• Cook: Grill and cook all meat products to the correct temperature. Use a food thermometer to correctly measure temperatures. Hamburgers should be brown throughout, with no pink in the center and reaching at least 160 degrees. Whole poultry should reach at least 165 degrees; and leftovers should also reach 165 degrees when reheated.
• Chill: Leaving food sitting out all day to snack on can cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. To prevent illness, refrigerate easily spoiled foods within two hours. If the temperature is 90 degrees or higher, refrigerate within one hour.
• Illness: Do not cook food for others when you are ill. If you have had vomiting or diarrhea, wait at least 72 hours after symptoms have stopped before preparing food for others.
Grilling Safety
• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
• Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
• Grill out in the open, away from the house, tree branches or anything flammable.
• Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
• Never add charcoal starter fluid or any other flammable liquids when coals have already been ignited.
Lake Safety
• Always wear a life jacket when in the water or on a motorized water vehicle such as a boat or personal watercraft.
• Stay alert for local weather conditions.
• Check for warning signs or flags.
• Protect the neck – don’t dive headfirst into the water. Walk carefully into open waters.
• Never let your children swim alone. An adult should always be present and paying attention.
• Always have a phone handy should an emergency arise.
• Follow safe boating practices: use an observer if towing a person, stay a safe distance from the shore and use good judgment operating around other watercraft.
• Chart a safe course. The Fourth of July is sometimes the first and only time people venture out on the water after dark. Visual navigation markers you rely on during the day may not be visible.
• Designate a sober driver. The side effects of alcohol are impaired judgment, reduced balance and poor coordination, which are magnified by the boating environment. It is illegal to operate a boat or water ski with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more.
Sun Exposure
• Try to limit sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV levels are the highest.
• Always wear a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15 with UVA and UVB protection and reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days.
• Stay hydrated and watch for signs of heat stroke – high body temperature, hot, red, dry or damp skin, headache, nausea, and/or passing out. A heat stroke is a medical emergency; call 911 is someone is showing these warning signs.


To receive more information on summer heat safety or proper food handling techniques, visit http://health.ok.gov

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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