Be Mindful Around Pools
Swimming is a popular pastime on the fourth but is also linked to numerous deaths and injuries. From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. Be sure never to swim alone and even more importantly never EVER let kids swim without constant adult supervision. Statistics show that most children who drown in pools have been out of sight for less than five minutes.
Stay Safe While Boating
Another pastime that many people enjoy over the long weekend is boating but be sure to follow all boating rules. This includes not drinking while driving your boat, not only is this illegal but it is extremely dangerous as well. Also be sure that you have the correct number of life preservers on hand and become familiar with boating rules and regulations in your area.
The fourth of July is usually a notoriously hot and sunny day and because of this you will want to be extra diligent about applying sunscreen to yourself and your kids. It would also be wise to find as much shaded area as possible, wear hats, wear sunglasses and reapply sunscreen regularly.
Many Fourth of July activities do not mix well with the use of alcohol such as boating, swimming and fireworks. You will want to ensure that you have a designated driver who can get you home safely if you do plan on drinking.
Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals
We know it’s tempting to light off a few fireworks at home but the bottom line is that the reward does not outweigh the risk. If you were to walk into any emergency room on the evening of the Fourth you would immediately reconsider.
Practice Food Safety
You wouldn’t leave a jar of mayonnaise in your car for a day and then come home and make sandwiches with it but that is exactly the same thing that many people do by leaving their potato salad, deviled eggs, etc out all day for people to eat. The U.S. FDA suggests never leaving food out for more than an hour when the temperature is above 90 degrees.
Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic) during the day. Try to spend some time indoors or in the shade as well. Heat exhaustion, heatstroke and dehydration are very prevalent on the Fourth of July.
Have a First-Aid Kit
If you are prepared for the worst, you’ll be more likely to have the best weekend possible. Check out this Camping First Aid Kit Essentials article to be sure you have everything you need.
We hope you have a safe and fun Indepedence Day celebration!
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