July 4th Fun and Safety Tips

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 the 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.

– Adapted from AHS Home Matters Inside & Out June 2014 Newsletter