Tips and reminders for a safe and healthy Independence Day … – North Dakota (.gov)

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Many North Dakotans may have plans this Independence Day holiday to enjoy the summer weather with picnics, recreational activities, fireworks and other activities.
North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) offers some helpful tips and reminders for North Dakotans who may be celebrating our nation’s independence this weekend through the fourth of July. 
Proper food handling and preparation can help prevent foodborne illnesses. Each year one in six Americans gets sick from contaminated foods or beverages according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To enjoy meals and snacks safely, wash hands and surfaces often, keep fresh produce separate from meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, and use separate cutting boards. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins that aren’t eaten like watermelon. Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. See more tips from  
When shopping for your July 4th meals, consider shopping at farmer market, which can offer locally grown healthy foods. North Dakotans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can use their EBT cards at participating farmers markets. Find one near you at
North Dakotans are encouraged to ride safe and legal, when riding bicycles, ATVs and motor vehicles. Using appropriate safety gear can help prevent serious injury. Find bike injury prevention tips, including how to properly fit bike helmets and more at
HHS shares ATV safety tips and reminds North Dakotans they can register for an ATV class at ND Parks & Recreation
When one thinks of Independence Day, fireworks usually come to mind. In 2022, about 10,200 people were treated emergency rooms for injuries from fireworks according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. While enjoying the festivities this year, make sure to follow these simple safety tips
Independence Day is historically one of the deadliest national holidays of the year based on alcohol-related crashes. Remember simple precautions when it comes to drinking alcohol responsibly. Not all drinks are created equal. The volume of alcohol varies. Know your drink, know your limit; visit
Holidays can be a difficult time for those living in recovery or working to overcome addiction. HHS Behavioral Health Division shares these ways to make July 4th celebrations fun for those in recovery!
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