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LDH gives tips on having fun with a secure Memorial Day

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is sharing steerage to assist households get pleasure from a secure Memorial Day vacation weekend.

The tips cowl COVID-19, water, warmth and fireworks security steerage. See these under:

COVID-19 steerage

With the rise in COVID instances throughout Louisiana, LDH reminds everybody to guard themselves and family members:

  • Outdoor actions are safer than indoor actions. If doable, collect with family and friends outside this weekend so that everybody has loads of room to unfold out. 
  • It’s a good time to verify everybody within the household is updated on their COVID vaccinations. CDC and LDH suggest everybody 5 and up get vaccinated and boosted as quickly as they’re eligible. CDC just lately strengthened its advice for a second booster no less than 4 months after the primary booster for everybody ages 50 and older and ages 12 and older who’re immunocompromised.
  • Those who’re at greater threat of extreme end result from COVID (older and/or underlying medical situations) ought to think about taking extra precautions and masks in indoor public locations.  

COVID vaccination areas and therapy choices

  • To get your questions answered, schedule an appointment or homebound vaccination, or communicate instantly with a medical skilled: Call COVID-19 Support Hotline at 1-855-453-0774.
  • To discover vaccination areas close to you: Visit  or textual content your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish.
  • If you get COVID-19, you could have therapy choices. If you take a look at constructive for COVID, speak to a health care provider as quickly as doable about therapy choices. Contact your healthcare supplier or go to to discover a Test-to-Treat location close to you. You also can name the Test-to-Treat name middle to get assist in English, Spanish and greater than 150 languages: 1-800-232-0233 (7am to 11pm CT). 

Water security steerage

Preliminary LDH information reveals that 25 infants and youngsters died from drowning final 12 months. LDH urges dad and mom and households to take precautions to assist forestall drowning:

  • Watch youngsters when they’re in or round water always; keep away from getting distracted.
  • Teach youngsters methods to swim and water survival abilities.
  • Take CPR lessons. Visit  to discover a class close to you.
  • If you personal a pool or spa, set up layers of safety, together with a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Keep youngsters away from pool drains, pipes and different openings to keep away from entrapments.
  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating or taking part in different water actions.
  • Swim in designated swimming areas and use excessive warning round pure our bodies of water which can have unpredictable currents and undertow.
  • Visit to be taught extra. 

Heat security steerage

Even a brief period of time uncovered to excessive warmth can result in sickness and may end up in a visit to the emergency division and even trigger demise if not correctly handled. It is very necessary to verify youngsters, aged adults and pets are saved cool throughout this time of 12 months. Here are methods to arrange for the warmth:

  • Dress in light-weight, light-colored clothes. 
  • Continuously drink water even when you don’t really feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the physique.
  • Eat small meals extra typically.
  • Take common breaks when engaged in bodily exercise on heat days. Take day trip to discover a cool place.
  • Stay indoors when doable.
  • Learn the signs of heat-related illness, and what you need to do.
  • Visit to to be taught extra.

Fireworks security steerage

Although fireworks are thrilling, in addition they could be harmful if customers fail to take the right precautions. Please observe the next tips to make sure a secure, enjoyable Memorial Day:

  • Only adults ought to deal with fireworks.
  • Do not use fireworks whereas inebriated or different substances.
  • Always mild fireworks outside on a flat, clean floor away from houses, dry leaves or different flammable supplies.
  • Consider protecting a bucket of water or a hearth extinguisher useful when utilizing fireworks. 
  • Never choose up fireworks or place them in your pockets.
  • Do not try and rekindle fireworks that look like malfunctioning.
  • Do not put your face, arms or different physique components over a firework to look at it.

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