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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

July 4th Fun and Safety Tips


Before you kick off your backyard 4th of July party this year, check out these tips and resources to make your celebration fun and safe.
Fireworks safety
 If you’re planning a home display, first check with local authorities to make sure it’s legal in your area, and then review the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s fireworks safety tips. Be sure to share them with your family.
 
Healthy patriotic snacking
  Make an American flag fruit tray using strawberries, bananas and blueberries. Slice the strawberries and bananas, and arrange them in a cake pan or other high-sided pan in alternating red and white “stripes.” Leave an open square in the upper-left corner and fill it with blueberries. It’s easy, colorful and delicious.
Safe outdoor cooking
 Proper food handling at holiday parties is especially important with the summer sun pushing food into bacterial temperature “danger zone.” Remember to keep all perishables below 41 degrees and check out more helpful tips for safe barbecuing from the USDA. 

 
Don’t forget your pets! 
 From fireworks to citronella candles, July 4th celebrations can hold hidden dangers for your pets. Keep them inside and keep them out of trouble. The ASPCA offers more 4th of July pet safety tips.
 
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