Have a safe 4th of July

Consumer Reports News: July 03, 2010 05:08 AM

Watch the kids around the grill. In 2007, about 18,600 people went to an emergency room due to an injury involving a grill. Roughly half of the injuries were thermal burns, and children under the age of 5 accounted for about a quarter of the total, mostly from contact with a grill. Read more.

Fireworks safety. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five, and that sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals. Read more.

How to apply insect repellent to kids. Repellents can also cause irritation to the eyes and can be potentially fatal if swallowed. If you use insect repellent on your child, here are some guidelines. Read more.

Sunscreen tips for babies and young children. If you plan to be outside this weekend, here's how to protect your young child from the sun. Read more.

Prevent foodborne illness at cookouts. To keep your young children safe from food-borne illness, keep these food safety tips in mind as you plan your family picnic or outdoor meal. Read more.

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