Independence Day: Tips to Stay Safe This Holiday

Jul 1, 2015
fourth of july fireworks The fourth of July is around the corner! Celebrating Independence Day with friends and family usually includes outdoor activities such as: attending parades, hosting a barbeque, taking a dip in the lake or gazing at the pyrotechnics of a fireworks show. Being out on a beautiful summer day is certainly a treat, but staying safe during the hustle and bustle of celebration is an important precaution to take. Here are a few safety tips for your Independence Day festivities. Fun in the Sun
  • Sun Protection – Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are three great ways to protect you and your family from the sun’s rays.
  • Stay Hydrated – Drink lots of fluids and snack on foods high in electrolytes to help you stay cool and hydrated throughout the day.
  • Find the Shade – Find a tree or sun umbrella to take a break under throughout the day to prevent heat exhaustion.
Water Sports
  • Wear your Life-jacket – when you’re on the water, be sure to wear your life-jacket.
  • Use the Buddy System – if you’re taking the family out to the beach, stay in pairs to prevent anyone getting separated from the group.
  • Stay Alert – observe safe boating speeds when you’re on the water. More boats means more people and traffic.
Fireworks Displays
  • Protect your Ears – fireworks can produce loud bangs and explosions, bring some ear plugs or ear muffs to protect you and your family from any ear damage.
  • Maintain a Safe Distance – be respectful of any zoned off areas surrounding a fireworks show. The closer you are, the more likely you are to be bothered by falling debris.
  • Pest Control – most fireworks displays start at dusk, a primetime for mosquitos and other pests. Bring along some bug spray to keep the bugs at bay so you can pay attention to the show, not to pesky insects.
  • Obey the Law – making your own fireworks show can be fun, but be sure to know the laws and regulations before planning your own display.
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