Jun
28
2011

Have a Safe Independence Day

Independence Day on the Fourth of July is the holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It’s the National Day of the United States, and there are going to be fireworks displays, parades, picnics and barbecues, and many other events on July 4th.

And traditionally, there are going to be accidents and injuries.

Sunburns, fireworks accidents, and many other minor injuries are common on the Fourth of July. There are things you can do, however, to minimize these injuries. You can have a fun Independence Day and still stay safe.

Wear sunscreen: Have you been out in the summer sun, or have you been hiding in the house with the air conditioning this summer? Either way, you’re bound to spend more time in the sun, and you need to protect your skin. Wear sunscreen, and reapply frequently, especially after swimming or exertion. Protect your skin from future damage.

Wear a hat: Even if you put sunscreen on, I doubt if you’ll think about the top of your head. Yes, it can sunburn, and the skin is delicate. Put on a hat, and protect your head. It will also shade your face, protecting you even further.

Supervise fireworks: The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public display by professionals. Don’t let children – or adults! – shoot off fireworks alone, and don’t let them do dangerous things. What seems fun in the moment isn’t so fun when you’re spending what’s left of the Fourth in the emergency room. If you must shoot off fireworks yourself, please do it safely and read some fireworks safety tips first.

Barbecue safely: Use a gas grill as a greener alternative to charcoal. Fast lighting charcoal contains toxic ingredients, and it can get into your food. Don’t let children run and play around the grill, either. Keep a bowl of ice water nearby for any burns that may occur. If you burn a finger, plunge it into the ice water immediately. You’ll minimize the burn, and it will feel better.

We here at StocknGo wish you a very happy Fourth of July, and hope you have a wonderful day. We intend to. :) Independence Day is so much nicer when you’re safe and sound at the end of the day instead of at the hospital. So stay safe, and enjoy the festivities.

What do you plan to do this Fourth of July? Let me know on twitter, facebook, or leave me a comment here on the blog.

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