Submitted By: Victoria Soriano, Community Relations Manager at Patient First | www.patientfirst.com

A few precautions can help protect your family this holiday

The Fourth of July means spending time outdoors at cookouts, parades, and fireworks shows, which means fun for everyone; however, Patient First physicians would like to remind you to take a few precautions that can help you celebrate the holiday safely.

Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays using these tips:

  • Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF, even when it is cloudy. Reapply at least every two hours.
  • Avoid uninterrupted sun exposure between 10am and 4pm whenever possible.
  • Cover up when you can with long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Hats are fine, but remember baseball caps won’t protect your ears and neck from the sun.

Fireworks are spectacular. However, they can cause serious injuries. Here are 5 tips from the National Safety Council to help protect yourself.

  • Sparklers cause most fireworks injuries. They burn at high temperatures and can cause severe burns. Do not let small children handle sparklers. Dispose of burned out sparklers in a bucket of water.
  • Stay away from ground based “sparkler” devices. If one does not go off as expected, douse the device with water before approaching.
  • Distance is important at public fireworks displays. Do not get too close to the launch site in case something goes wrong.
  • Do not pick up fireworks debris at these displays.
  • Do not consume alcohol while using fireworks.

All Patient First Medical Centers are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the Fourth of July and every day of the year. Patient First physicians are available to talk about injury prevention and treatment, either in-person or via Zoom. Please contact Victoria Soriano at (571) 340-1594 or email Victoria.Soriano@patientfirst.com for interviews.