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Summer Safety

Fireworks Safety

To help ensure that your holiday celebration is safe, attend a community fireworks show, advises Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope Jr.

Home fireworks carry substantial risks for little reward, Swope said. Every year thousands of people end up in U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries from fireworks.

To keep your 4th of July safe and enjoyable, learn some fireworks safety tips.

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Prevent drowning

Drownings among children increase 89 percent in the summer over the annual monthly average. From 2002 to 2007, 92 children and youth - infants to age 18 - died from drowning in Kentucky.

Make sure safety is part of your summer water recreation plans by knowing and following some simple - but important - water safety rules.

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Food Safety

Summertime means picnics, cookouts and other opportunities to enjoy good food in the great outdoors.

But, nothing spoils a good time faster than a food-borne illness.

The Food Safety Branch of the Department for Public Health offers some basic food safety tips to help ensure everyone enjoys a safe, healthy summer.

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Sun Safety

Warm temperatures and extra hours of sunlight entice many prople to spend more time outdoors in the summer, dramatically increasing their exposure to harmful rays that can cause skin damage and are linked to skin cancer.

This summer, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services wants Kentuckians to protect themselves and their loved ones, particularly young children, from harmful sun exposure.

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Boating Safety

Whether you're fishing, skiing or just soaking up the sun, Kentucky boating is #1 for fun! State Fish and Wildlife Officers and Kentucky State Troopers are teaming up to increase fun on Kentucky's lakes and rivers by reducing boating accidents. Listen to public service announcements about the Keep it a Safe Summer campaign.

Keep it a Safe Summer

West Nile Virus Prevention

West Nile Virus (WNV) remains a serious public health concern this summer, but Kentuckians can prevent or dramatically lower their risk of contracting the illness by taking steps to avoid mosquito bites.

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Prevent Wildfires

With July 4th celebrations coming up, the Kentucky Division of Forestry reminds Kentuckians to take precautions with fireworks, campfires and when burning brush and other debris to help prevent wildfires.

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Summer Safety media resources

Prevent Drowning

Drowning Prevention audio PSA (transcript) (about 30 seconds)

Drowning Prevention audio PSA Spanish (transcript) (about 30 seconds)

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Boating Safety

Keep it a Safe Summer audio PSA (30 seconds)

Keep it a Safe Summer video PSA (30 seconds)

Source: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kentucky State Police


Last Updated 6/30/2008