The July 4th holiday is all about enjoying fun in the sun, swimming, and spending time with families over some great BBQ. But, let's take precautions to be safe and ensure the fun keeps going.
Many will be firing up the grill for the holiday and eating outdoors, so now is a great time to think about how to be safe and prevent illness with safe food handling. The time in which food is susceptible to unhealthy bacteria is during thawing, marinating, cooking, serving and storing. Thaw food only in a 41 degree refrigerator, under cold running water or in a microwave. Keep raw meats separate to prevent cross contamination and wash thoroughly anything that comes into its contact. Keep meat cold up until it is being cooked. Use a clean food thermometer to test doneness: Ground meat 160 degrees; Roast/Steak 145-160 degrees; Chicken 165 degrees; and Pork 145 degrees. Don’t use meat marinades as a sauce unless it’s been boiled. Perishable foods should not be left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. Taking these steps will help to ensure your food is safe. For more food safety tips visit the Environmental Management Department website.
Pool Water Precautions
Welcome to the summer heat! When cooling off in swimming pools, County Health Officials remind parents and pool operators to take precautions to prevent the spread of germs in pools and spas. Be sure the pool/spa water is properly maintained. It’s also important to be clean before going swimming, keep pool water out of your mouth, take frequent bathroom breaks and use good hand washing techniques, and never swim if you have an intestinal illness. For more pool safety tips, visit the Environmental Management Department website.
Visit Our Beautiful Regional Parks
Sacramento County’s Regional Parks are popular for outdoor fun over the holiday weekend. The extra visitors are welcome, but they increase maintenance and patrol costs for the Parks system. To offset the costs from July 3 through July 5, the vehicle entrance fee will increase to $8 for single vehicles and $13 for oversized vehicles and vehicles towing watercraft. This fee increase does not affect Annual Parks Pass holders. Now is a great time to purchase an Annual Parks Pass.
Parks visitors are encouraged to learn the rules and regulations for enjoying a safe holiday weekend. Children under 13 must wear a life preserver at all times in public waterways in the County. The use or possession of any type of fireworks is banned in all Sacramento County Regional Parks. Plus, there are several rules related to smoking, BBQs and open flames. Read the Parks July 4th news release for more information.
Protect Your Pet During July 4th Activities
Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays as most pets have a very strong fear of loud, sudden noises. Instead, over the holiday keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened. Remove any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal or a slightly raised volume while attending July 4th picnics, parades, and other celebrations. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before the holiday to help them with fear and anxiety. Pets left outside, even in a fenced yard may try to escape and become lost. Every year, after the holiday, animal shelters are inundated with lost pets so be sure your pets are wearing identification tags to help with their prompt return. It’s also important to not leave your pet in the car, which can heat up in minutes to dangerous levels. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient relief from the heat. Visit the Bradshaw Animal Shelter website for additional information.
Enjoy Local Festivities
Throughout our great County there are Independence Day celebrations to enjoy, and our partner, Sacramento365.com has lots of community events listed. Have fun and enjoy this great season!
County Holiday Office Closure
In observance of Independence Day, most Sacramento County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. Garbage service, as well as all emergency services will continue. All offices will return to their normal business hours on Monday, July 6.