Keep the BBQ healthy and the fireworks legal and safe

July Fourth fireworks
AP Photo/John Minchillo

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Fourth of July holiday is a time for family and fireworks and safety is a priority.

The Ohio Department of Health is offering up some advice to keep the picnics fresh and fireworks safe:

  • Ohio law permits the use of sparklers and other types of novelties. Sparklers can burn at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and should be used with caution
  • Cook food to the right temperature
  • Refrigerate uneaten food promptly
  • Wash/rinse fruits and vegetables unless you can peel them yourself
  • Drink beverages that are bottled and have a seal that is unbroken
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Bugs including mosquitoes, ticks and some flies, can spread a number of diseases. Use insect repellent
  • Shower with soap before and after you swim

Ohio’s continuing measles outbreak is the largest in the U.S. since 1994.  Parents with infants too young to be vaccinated with the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine should consider not traveling with them to areas where measles outbreaks are occurring.

Contracting measles is especially serious for infants younger than one year of age.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will take a zero tolerance approach toward impaired drivers. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will be in full force through the weekend.

AAA is also advising holiday travelers to make sure their cars are in good mechanical shape. Check the tires, make sure there is enough coolant in your car and check the battery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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