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Be safe not sorry this Fourth of July

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Be safe not sorry this Fourth of July

By Julian Glover. CREATED Jul 3, 2014

 CAPE CORAL, Fla - There's a lot to do this holiday weekend - from the beach, to the fireworks, grilling and of course enjoying some ice-cold brews. But with all of the fun comes the risk of a lot of danger. Here are the tips to keep you and your family safe. 

It's time to celebrate America's birthday - and here in Southwest Florida, we know how to throw a party. 

But with all the fun Dr. Mike Shultz from Lee Memorial warns us there's danger lurking around the corner. 

"From cuts and bumps to major illnesses - these heat related injuries...and the firework injures, and unfortunately some people may lose some fingers," says Dr. Shultz, an ER physician at Lee Memorial Hospital. 

Dr. Shultz recommends wearing protective eye wear if you're using sparklers, don't stand over fireworks and leave the big stuff to the professionals.

"Participating in your own fireworks display, you probably shouldn't be under the influence of alcohol," said Dr. Shultz. 

And if you're enjoying and ice-cold adult beverage, especially outside make sure you're staying hydrated.

"It's hot out there by drinking alcohol it's likely you'll dehydrate even faster," said Shultz.

If you're in charge of manning the grill or preparing those tasty side dishes make sure the food is stored properly.

"When it's above 90 degrees you need to be cognizant of that, that bacteria is going to grow on the food and possibly cause illness," said Shultz. 

Most importantly, if you're heading the pool or the beach - make sure someone keeps and eye on the little ones. 

"Designate somebody to watch the children if they are playing in the water, don't assume someone is watching your children," said Shultz. 

Try assigning someone to watch the kids and trade off the responsibility every couple of hours, so all of the adults get to enjoy responsibly.

And when it comes to sunscreen Dr. Shultz recommends applying before you head out into the sun, using SPF 30 sunscreen or higher. He also warns that you should reapply often, especially after taking a dip in the water.