Safety tips for 4th of July fun
Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency wants you and your family to be safe during this Independence Day and throughout the coming holiday weekend. Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer has identified key public health safety points to keep in
● Stay hydrated. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of
total beverages a day. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid.
• Never swim alone, always supervise children near the water, and wait a half-hour to swim after eating.
• Store food safely during the heat to avoid food poisoning.
• If you’ll be out at dawn or dusk, wear long pants and long
sleeves in addition to using insect repellent as West Nile Virus has been found in local mosquitoes.
• Avoid direct sun, but if you must be outside wear a head covering and sunscreen.
• Never leave people or animals in a car in hot weather, even with the windows partway down. Temperatures can easily reach 120 degrees
Fahrenheit and cause heat-related illness and death. For residents who do not have access to air conditioning, a list of cooling centers and their hours of operation can be found online here: http://tularecounty.ca.gov/emergencies/index.cfm/cooling-centers/cooling-centers-english/. For after-hours assistance, please call 2-1-1.
If you decide to use legal fireworks, be sure to follow these
important safety tips from The National Safety Council:
• Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
• Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
• Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
• Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after
• Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being
• Never ignite devices in a container.
• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely.
• Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
For more information on the use of fireworks, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission at: http://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/
Fireworks stands may operate 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day between June 29 and July 4.
• Exeter Band Boosters, 505 Rocky Hill Dr.
• Abundant Life Tabernacle, 1121 W. Visalia Road
• Faith Tabernacle of Exeter, 655 W. Visalia Road
• Exeter Sportsmen Association, 324 N. Kaweah Ave.
• Exeter USA Wrestling Club, 426 N. Kaweah Ave.
Fireworks stands may operate 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day between June 28 and July 4.
• Knights of Columbuis, 1555 N. Farmersville Blvd.
• Farmersville Kiwanis Club, 1376 N. Farmersville Blvd.
• Farmersville Youth Football, 115 E. Visalia Road
• Pentacostal Church of God, 554 N. Farmersville Blvd.
Fireworks stands may operate from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day between June 29 and July 4.
Lindsay Cardinals Kids’ Football, 370 W. Hermosa St.
New Life Church, 360 E. Hermosa St.
La Puerta Abierta Church, 280 N. Mirage Ave.
Lindsay Cultural Arts Council, Save Mart parking lot
Royal Rangers, 765 N. Harvard Ave.
Fireworks stands may operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day between July 1 and July 4.
First Southern Baptist Church, 171 E. Antelope Ave.
Knights of Columbus, 211 N. Valencia Blvd.
Woodlake Lions, 136 N. Valencia Blvd.