Even grownups start to feel that school’s out sometime around the Fourth of July holiday. We get that break from concern that seems to come with the job of being a parent, and we recall the summer vacations of our own school days.
One of our parental responsibilities is still very much in play when the midsummer holiday arrives, though. Safety for the whole family is not something to send off on vacation. In fact, greater care is called for now, because the Fourth brings with it some things we do rarely, and some that we only do once a year.
First Things First – Safe on the Road
Independence Day is one of the most-traveled holidays of the year so safety in the car should be dialed up. It’s an annual reminder of things we should keep in mind all year. Plan to minimize your exposure to traffic by choosing your route and time of day wisely. Stay off the mobile device, and make sure the children are occupied so you can drive without distraction.
July 4th is an outdoor holiday, so sunscreen for the whole family should become a tradition, if it is not already.
Make sure your gas grill is operating properly and take care with that fuel. Folks who rarely grill at any other time cookout for the July 4th holiday, so let’s face it, skills are suspect. Fire safety is basic, and we may have drifted away from understanding its urgency.
And along with eating, drinking plays a part for many people over the Fourth, so good-sense precautions and awareness are vital. With everything else that’s going on, this is not a good weekend to be thinking at a disadvantage. Judgment is impaired by alcohol, period.
Water sports are widespread for Fourth of July, and again for some of us these may not be skills we use much elsewhere in the year. So, let’s refresh our memories about water safety in swimming and boating.
Recreational Explosives Work Better for the Pros
For most us, this is the only time of year we handle fireworks, and so extra caution is called for. The first thing to know is that there are no safe fireworks. Even sparklers can cause disfiguring injuries. In fact, 10% of all fireworks injuries come from sparklers. They can burn at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and yet we think they’re okay to hold in our hands and even to give to children.
If this sounds like bad judgment, it’s just the beginning of what goes on around fireworks. More and more, people are realizing that it’s better to be a spectator and leave the fireworks to the professionals at a public display.
And Speaking of Professionals
Freedom from injury and disease is among the blessings we’re celebrating when we gather with family and friends for the Fourth of July. Your family could use a professional ally for health and wellbeing, and we would like to do our part. Call us at 843-815-6468.