Tips On How To Stay Safe During July 4th
Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the implementation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This important document is what announced to England that the thirteen colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America.
The first description Independence Day celebrations was in a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776. He described “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations” throughout the United States. As we prepare for a modern-day celebration with a three-day weekend filled with barbecues, beach visits and bonfires, we have come up with a few tips to help you stay safe during your celebration weekend.
Food Safety– we know you will be enjoying a hotdog or hamburger this weekend, so be sure to keep meat refrigerated until the grill is fired. It is important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illnesses.
Fire Safety– When using a grill, be sure to clean it thoroughly to remove any grease or dust, and use the grill outside. If you are using a fire pit, make sure the flames are completely extinguished before leaving it unattended.
Beach Safety– When enjoying the warm sun on your day off, be sure not to forget sunscreen. Apply lotion or spray generously throughout the day with an SPF15 or higher and remember to reapply after exiting the water. If you will be enjoying the beach from the fun of a boat, always wear a life vest and use the buddy system when swimming.
Firework Safety– Each year a number of people end of visiting emergency rooms during the July Fourth weekend due to injuries related to fireworks. When the sun goes down, we urge you to celebrate safely. Be sure and follow directions before firing off any explosives. Make sure your area is clear of others, and that the person who is igniting the wick is wearing proper protective gear like goggles, gloves, and sneakers.
Remember: stay safe, have fun, and celebrate as John Adams intended, with pomp and parade!