Celebrate Safely on July 4th

 ADC Urgent Care practice manager Katy Bolton, RN shares some tips to celebrate safely during Fourth of July and when you should visit an urgent care.  She stopped by the KXAN studios to speak with Gigi Barnett about what to keep in mind when planning activities this holiday.

Safety first for a fun holiday!

 Stay hydrated

  • Water is the best choice.
  • Fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes can also help keep you hydrated.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine and limit alcohol intake.


  • Choose the right sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.
  • Make sure to reapply often usually every 2-3 hours especially after swimming or excessive sweating.

Bug spray

  • Choose a bug repellent with 20% Picardin – it’s shown to be more effective against Zika carrying mosquitoes.
  • If you use a more natural repellent – make sure to reapply often, at least every 2 hours.
  • If you have known stinging insect allergies, make sure to carry your Epi-pen with you always.

Keep food cool and out of the sun

  • Clean your utensils and cutting surfaces.
  • Separate your meats and veggies- use different cutting surfaces and containers for storage.
  • Cook meats to safe temperatures.
  • Chill immediately.  Keep food out of the sun and store and chill quickly to avoid harmful bacteria from forming.

 Be fireworks smart

  • Even sparklers burn at 1200 degrees and may cause 3rd degree burns.  Consider giving young children glow sticks or bubbles instead.
  • Always supervise children & young teens around fireworks.
  • Make sure to have water close by.
  • Be aware of any burn bans and or other regulations governing your neighborhood/county.

When should you seek help at an urgent care?

We hope you stay healthy and safe, but when should you seek care?

  • Minor burns or cuts, sprains or strains
  • Upset stomach or nausea
  • Sunburns that continue to feel hot, cause nausea or headaches even after treatment with cool compresses
  • Bites that cause an allergic reaction
  • Signs of Dehydration – this is where IV hydration can help at the urgent care.
    • Thirst
    • Dry or sticky mouth
    • Not urinating very much
    • Dark yellow urine
    • Dry, cool skin
    • Headache
    • Muscle cramps


For more information about ADC Urgent Care locations and services call us at 512-901-1111 or visit our webpage.   Our Urgent Care offices are located north at ADC Cedar Bend and south at ADC Circle C.  We welcome ADC patients and the general public, adults and children, most insurances, and there is never an ER deductible.