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2017 Fourth of July Safety Tips

Soon picnic baskets and coolers will be overflowing, colorful smoke bombs will be used as bug repellent and family gatherings will be color-coded with the red, white and blue. Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate the United States of America with family and friends through good food, fireworks and sunshine. While there is much fun to be had, the holiday weekend comes with some risk of harm and Great Plains Communications has a few tips to keep in mind so that everyone can enjoy a happy and safe time.

 

Keep Child Use of Fireworks Supervised at All Times

Fireworks come in all shapes, sizes, and power levels. They also come with different degrees of injury potential. This is why adult fireworks are not safe when handled by children. One way to help supervise the situation is to keep child appropriate fireworks in a separate place from any that could cause them harm, and always have a supervising adult present when any kind of fireworks are nearby.

 

Use Alcohol Responsibly

Alcohol is often a factor in many Fourth of July festivities, and can be a dangerous combination with fireworks. Use cautiously and be sure to have a designated driver to bring partygoers home after the event ends.

 

Be Cautious of Food and Beverages Being Left Outdoors

Leaving food and some beverages in summer outdoor temperatures can cause food-borne illness. According to the U.S. FDA, you should never leave food out for more than one hour when temperatures reach above 90 F and no more than two hours for lower summer temperatures. Not only dairy and eggs can cause food poisoning, but any food has the potential to become contaminated.

 

Pet Safety

Pets often become scared from fireworks, which could result in them running away, having an accident indoors, or destroying property. Be sure to protect your pets by not taking them to firework displays, not leaving them in a car alone, and keeping them in a safe place indoors.

 

With these tips in mind, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Fourth of July Recipes with Food Network

The holiday weekend is quickly approaching and what do you think of when you think of celebrating Fourth of July? Fireworks and grilling is what Great Plains Communications thinks of. We have found some of our favorite recipes from Food Network to help get your menu started.

 

Foil-Packed Grilled Chicken Wings

This recipe combines sweet and spicy with the brown sugar, chili powder, and chipotle powder. The foil packets make it easy to create portions for a party and no plates needed with the handy foil packets.

 

Party-Smart Grilling Tips

If you have a lot of people coming over and only one grill to get all the protein cooked, it can take a long time to get everything done and can lead to eating in shifts. Check out these time-saving grilling tips that you can take care of before your guests arrive.

 

Flag Cake

Looking for the perfect patriotic dessert to celebrate the holiday? Ina’s sponge cake is not only delicious with the vanilla cake and buttercream frosting playing off the tartness of the fresh berries, but it is sure to be the centerpiece of your table with the adorable flag design.

 

Watch for our blog on firework safety, Thursday, June 29.

Fourth of July Recipes 2016

Soon picnic baskets and coolers will be overflowing, colorful smoke bombs will be used as bug repellent and family gatherings will be color-coded with red, white and blue. Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate the United States of America with family and friends through good food, fireworks and sunshine. With that in mind, Great Plains Communications has picked a few of our favorite recipes for the holiday weekend from our cable channel, Food Network.

 

Orzo Salad

This is a great substitution for the traditional potato or macaroni salad. The herbs, tomatoes and lemon dressing keep this dish light, while not over powering your main protein.

 

Easy Georgia Peach Cobbler

If you need a quick dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, consider making Trisha Yearwood’s Easy Georgia Peach Cobbler. As she states in the video, you can use fresh peaches, but by using the can you get the sweetness from not only the peaches themselves but the juices as well.

 

Flag Cake

Looking for the perfect patriotic dessert to celebrate the holiday? Ina’s sponge cake is not only delicious with the vanilla cake and buttercream frosting playing off the tartness of the fresh berries, but it is sure to be the centerpiece of your table with the adorable flag design.

 

Great Plains Communications would like to wish you all a very happy Fourth of July. Remember to store kid approved fireworks in a separate location from bigger adult fireworks, so that everyone can enjoy a safe and wonderful weekend.

Fourth of July Recipes by Food Network

Fourth of July is like the Thanksgiving of summer. You celebrate with family and friends and a belly full of good food. Great Plains Communications has teamed up with one of our cable channels, the Food Network to bring you a few recipes to add to the menu this weekend. From patriotic desserts to side dishes that are guaranteed hits, check out additional recipes on Food Network’s website.

 

Wave Your Flag Cheesecake

Grilled Citrus Chicken Thighs

Gina’s Orzo Salad

Great Plains Communications will be closed Saturday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Sparklers with American Flag

Soon picnic baskets and coolers will be overflowing, colorful smoke bombs will be used as bug repellent and family gatherings will be color-coded with the red, white and blue. Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate the United States of America with family and friends through good food, fireworks and sunshine. While there is much fun to be had, the holiday weekend comes with some risk of harm and Great Plains Communications has a few tips to keep in mind so that everyone can enjoy a happy and safe time.

  1. Keep Child Use of Fireworks Supervised at All Times

Fireworks come in all shapes, sizes, and power levels. They also come with different degrees of injury potential. This is why adult fireworks are not safe when handled by children. One way to help supervise the situation is to keep child appropriate fireworks in a separate place from any that could cause them harm, and always have a supervising adult present when any kind of fireworks are nearby.

  1. Use Alcohol Responsibly

Alcohol is often a factor in many Fourth of July festivities, and can be a dangerous combination with fireworks. Use cautiously and be sure to have a designated driver to bring partygoers home after the event ends.

  1. Be Cautious of Food and Beverages Being Left Outdoors

Leaving food and some beverages in summer outdoor temperatures can cause food-borne illness. According to the U.S. FDA, you should never leave food out for more than one hour when temperatures reach above 90 F and no more than two hours for lower summer temperatures. Not only dairy and eggs can cause food poisoning, but any food has the potential to become contaminated.

With these tips in mind, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

 

Celebrate the 4th of July with Great Plains Communications

The nation’s birthday is right around the corner, which means the smell of BBQ’s and sight of fireworks are nearly upon us, too.  To celebrate we’ve accumulated the best “fun facts” about  Independence Day from around the web.  Click on the highlighted areas to see even more facts!

Does your town have a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July?  Let us know in the comments section below!