Leave Fireworks to Professionals: Protect yourself and your family from firework injuries

sparkler in handAccording to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, the number of Americans planning to use backyard fireworks this Fourth of July is expected to hit an all-time high.  Morris County residents should keep firework safety in mind.

Firework injuries can be severe, and even in New Jersey where fireworks are illegal, several people are injured or killed yearly from irresponsible use. If you or anyone you know is injured handling fireworks, contact emergency services immediately.

The following tips will ensure plenty of fun, safe outdoor evenings:

  1. Obey local laws regarding fireworks: New Jersey has made fireworks illegal to sell, use or transport fireworks. Only paper or plastic caps for use in toy guns are legal. Residents can buy fireworks out-of-state, but cannot transport fireworks into NJ.
  2. Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand. Many injuries and burns are from children holding sparklers, which get very hot. Sparklers rank No.1 of fireworks injuries, and two thirds of injuries occur among children 5 years and younger.
  3. Never relight a “dud Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.
  4. Light one firework at a time. Move quickly away before it goes off.
  5. Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  6. The kids can watch: Adults should supervise and manage fireworks, keeping fireworks out of the hands of children. Consuming alcohol and handling fireworks is not recommended.
  7. Take it outside: Fireworks should be kept a reasonable distance from buildings, houses and vehicles. Find a clear area for firework activities, and keep fireworks out of your pockets during transportation.
  8. Protect your eyes and body: Wear safety goggles when managing fireworks, and never point a lit firework toward anyone’s body or face.
  9. Have water ready: A bucket of water and a charged water-hose serve to wet spent fireworks and douse any fires/smoke. “Dud” fireworks should not be relit, but doused immediately in a bucket of water.
  10. Ensure all pets and animals are away from the noise.

For more information and tips visit: http://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/tips/fireworks/index.htm



Stay Cool In the Summer Heat

It is important to remember to stay hydrated when out in the summer heat. It doesn’t matter if you are working or just laying around trying to get a tan, you need to keep your body hydrated.

The body loses water daily through water, tears, breathing, and other bodily functions. When in the heat, a person tends to sweat faster causing the body to lose water at a faster rate. The best way to replenish this lost is by drinking water. Drinking water can help keep the body hydrated when the body is working harder in the heat.

If you don’t replenish with water you will become dehydrated. If you become dehydrated, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Dizzinesshot sun
  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin
  • Increased heart rate and breathing

So just remember when you are out in the heat this summer bring a bottle of water with you!


Naturally Occurring Sugar vs. Added Sugar in Your Food

There are two types of sugars that we encounter in America- naturally occurring sugar and added sugar. Added sugars only contribute to extra calories and zero nutrients to food.

Naturally occurring sugars are found naturally in food likes fruits and milk. Added sugars include any sugars or caloric sweeteners that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparations. An example of this is putting sugar in your coffee or cereal. The amount of sugar increases the calories no matter the source.

The major sources of added sugars in American diets are:

  • Regular soft drinks     fruit sugar
  • Candy
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Fruit Drinks (fruitades and fruit punch)
  • Dairy desserts and milk products (ice cream, sweetened yogurt, and sweetened milk)
  • Grains (cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles)

So how do you know if you are eating natural sugar or added sugar? Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell the difference on nutrition labels because it just says “Sugars.” If you are eating milk products like yogurt there are natural sugars (lactose) and added sugars in the yogurt and the label doesn’t specify how much is natural sugar and how much is added sugar.

There is however an ingredient list on the food’s label and that can help tell if the product contains added sugars. Some names of added sugars on labels include:

  • Brown sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt sugar
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Syrup

The goal is to keep the amount of sugars we consume to a minimum. Although sugars are not harmful to the body, our bodies do not need sugars to function properly!

Remember to look at the food labels to help you make smart choices!

For more information visit: American Heart Association