The feeling of “school’s out” finally extends to grownups around the Fourth of July weekend, even though the children might have been home for a month or more. That sense of “Aahhhh” is well worth experiencing from time to time, and an occasional break is essential to keeping up with adult responsibilities and commitments.
But one aspect of those responsibilities is still very much in play when the midsummer holiday arrives. Safety is not a good thing to put on vacation. In fact, greater care is called for, because the Fourth brings things we do more than usual, and things we only do once a year.
Things We Do More Than Usual
Many of us drive more – and farther – so safety in the car should be dialed up. It’s an annual reminder of things we should keep in mind all year. Plan your route and time of day to minimize your exposure to traffic. Stay off the mobile device, and make sure the children are occupied so you can drive without distraction.
July Fourth is an outdoor holiday, so sunscreen for the whole family should become a tradition, if it is not already.
Folks who rarely grill at any other time cookout for the July Fourth holiday, so let’s face it, skills are suspect. Make sure your gas grill is operating properly and take care with that fuel. 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. Know that alcohol impairs judgment. With everything else that’s going on, this is not a good weekend to be thinking at a disadvantage.
Water sports are widespread for the 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.
And the Things We Do Once a Year
Fireworks safety is not the only place to exercise care during our Fourth of July celebrations, but it is conspicuous. For most us, this is the only time 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 1000 degrees, and yet we think they’re okay to hold in our hands, and even to give to children.
If this sounds like bad judgment, then 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 pros at a public display.
And Speaking of Pros
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