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12 Fourth of July 2020 Health and Safety Tips During COVID-19

We really could use a fun and relaxing Fourth of July. As we move forward through another holiday during COVID-19, we need to take precautions and safety measures to ensure that we continue to flatten the curve of COVIS-19. The new norm for this year’s 4th of July is masks, gloves, distance, and hand sanitizer. AFC Urgent Care New Britain has a list of 12 Fourth of July health and safety tips to keep in mind while we phase through COVID-19 in 2020.

12 Health and Safety Tips this Fourth Of July

  1. Wear a mask and keep 6ft + distant when attending ANY social gatherings. If you can, we recommend that you carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content to kill germs and bacteria.
  2. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25 to protect against UV rays so you can enjoy the sun at the beach. (Some beaches are open and are following social distancing rules)
  3. Wear clothes that cover your body in order to prevent sun irritations and sunburns.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke
  5. Seek shade or shelter from the sun if your event or trip involves being out in the sun for an extended period of time
  6. Watch what you eat and how long it’s out in the sun; Make sure to cook food at proper temperatures to avoid foodborne illnesses.
  7. Wash your hands and wear a mask and gloves when handling food. 
  8. Refrigerate foods when needed and keep hot foods hot: invest in a cooler with ice to keep cold foods away from the heat
  9. Never let children ignite fireworks or be in close proximity of a firework going off.
  10. Always have an adult supervising any firework related activities. Parents don’t realize that children suffer injuries from sparklers. They can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees.
  11. Keep a bucket of water or hose ready just in case of a fire or injury.
  12. If you get burned or injured while igniting a firework at an outdoor activity seek immediate medical attention

Know that by following these tips, you and your family will be safer and you can reduce the chances of potential hazards ruining your holiday.

Again if you apply sunscreen with an SPF of  30 or more,  know that it will help you reduce your chances of getting skin cancer. If you drink enough water you will avoid heat related illnesses and dehydration. Cooking foods at proper temperatures will avoid unwanted gastroenteritis and other foodborne related illnesses. Protecting your children and others from firework related injuries can avoid unwanted burns, cuts and other deformities. Last but not least, please adhere to social distancing rules. Remember to wear proper PPE equipment like face cloths and gloves so that you can reduce the exposure of the COVID-19 virus. 

If you need us, We’re OPEN!

At AFC Urgent Care New Britain, you can walk right in for your medical needs today. No appointment necessary at any of our walk-in clinics. We are located on 135 East Main Street, New Britain CT 06051. We are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you for firework-related injuries, foodborne illnesses, and dehydration. AFC Urgent Care New Britain accepts most insurances and offers a TeleCare social distancing option to be seen virtually too.

AFC Tip before and after you go to any 4th of July event

AFC Urgent Care New Britain offers quick and easy COVID-19 tests to help you prepare for any 4th of July related events. Results are available in 24-48 hours. If you get tested before you celebrate with others, you’re doing your part to reduce spreading the virus and exposing others to it. We also recommend getting tested if you do get exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 at your 4th of July gathering.