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Fourth of July – Firework Safety!

Fourth of July is days away. Families and friends are getting together to celebrate with fireworks, picnics and more. After Independence Day, we hear of many accidents due to firework related injuries such as burns and injuries to the eyes. These injuries can arise when you are not properly prepared or take the proper precautions. Follow these tips to ensure your Fourth of July is fun and safe.

  • Make sure that fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose readily accessible in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing into the trash can.
  • Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
  • Adult supervision is needed with fireworks. Sparklers, handheld fireworks, are a leading cause of injury for young children.
  • Light one firework at a time and immediately back away.

For more firework safety tips visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


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Seniors Keeping Cool for Summer

Summer is here! Across the country, we see the heat index beginning to rise. In many cases, the rising heat can affect our most vulnerable populations; young children and senior citizens. Senior citizens are the most susceptible to heat fatigue because their bodies do not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature. This population is also more likely to have a chronic medical condition or take prescriptions that make it difficult to regulate body temperature.

Check on senior citizens to ensure they protect themselves from heat exposure. Be sure to visit older adults at least twice a day to see if they show signs of heat stroke or other heat related ailments . Encourage them to drink lots of water and transport them to air conditioned locations, if necessary. Many areas have cooling stations available at local community or senior citizen centers. Check with your local government to see where the cooling stations are available in your area. For more valuable tips on keeping senior citizens cool visit:


Are you receiving FEMA Text Messages?

Today, we are connected and have direct access to information through the Internet including social media, mobile services and more. This technology allows us to receive timely information and have the ability to check on loved ones quickly. Best of all, in most cases, these technology mediums are able to get around disruptions brought on by emergencies.

FEMA sends text message updates to help you before an emergency even happens (standard message and data rates apply).

  • To sign up to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (FEMA)
  • To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (FEMA)

For more information on preparing and staying connected during disaster visit:


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