Be prepared for the Fourth of July holiday

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DENVER -- The Fourth of July weekend is lots of fun for the entire family, but there are some things parents need to keep in mind.

Experts say leave the fireworks to the pros, but if you're allowed to use them at home, keep kids at a safe distance.  Police say things such as simple sparklers can cause more injuries than most people think.  The sun is intense this time of year, especially at our high altitude, so keep kids covered and use sunscreen.

The heat can cause a bad reaction to some lotions and even picnic wipes.  Castle Rock entrepreneurs Danielle Stangler and Julia Rossi, also moms, designed special wipes called NeatCheeks   .

Unlike regular baby wipes, NeatCheeks are designed for the delicate skin on the face and other areas on the body.  They are also flavored with Stevia (a natural sweetener) that kids love.

“We are moms and we know what moms want  we want to make sure we would put it on our kids,” Stangler said.

Rossi adds her own child has eczema and needed something that could be used on the go but was gentle and safe.

“The preservative system that we use is very safe and gentle it's also food grade," she said.

Doctors say during the hot weather parents should check their child's skin regularly for signs of dryness or redness and keep them hydrated with water not juice, to prevent heat related illness.

If your spending time at a park or even in the backyard, remember to shield your family from mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus.  Use  repellents with Deet on long sleeves and pants during the evening hours and avoid areas near standing water.

When it comes enjoying your picnic, remember to start with a clean grill and utensils.  Thoroughly cook food and keep an icebox handy for anything made with mayonnaise, eggs or other perishables.  Heat can cause the development of salmonella or ecoli.

For more information about picnic safety visit the Food and Drug Administration's website.

For more information on Neet Cheeks baby wipes, visit its website.

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