by Lauren Mandel
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it’s a holiday that just screams summer: backyard grilling, long days by the lake, festive parades, and of course, fireworks. It can be easy to get caught up in the celebrations and forget how to stay safe. Between long hours outside and dealing with seemingly-harmless firecrackers, there are six steps you can take to ensure you put your health first and have a fun, injury-free holiday weekend.
Wear sunscreen. This may seem like an easy one, but many people forget about sunscreen during exciting celebrations. It’s important to wear sunscreen, no matter the weather, and reapply often to maintain good health and protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
Handle fireworks with care. In the month leading up to the Fourth of July, on average 240 people go to the hospital every day for fireworks-related injuries. If you are planning to use fireworks this year, always keep a bucket of water nearby and never allow children to light the fireworks themselves.
Fire up in a safe space. Grills cause an average of 8,800 home fires each year, with July being the peak month for these dangerous occurrences. Make sure to use your barbeque in an open and clear space, and be sure to read the directions before operating new equipment.
Watch the water. We all love swimming on hot summer days, and the Fourth of July is no exception. However, accidents can happen, so it’s important to swim only when a lifeguard is on duty. If you’re dealing with brand-new swimmers, floating assistance or life jackets may be a good idea, as well.
Stay hydrated. Take water breaks; mix up some healthy summer drinks; whatever you have to do to keep your family healthy and hydrated. Try drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, even more if you’ll be participating in outdoor activities.
Get covered. Sometimes, accidents will happen. To better prepare for the unexpected, get yourself and your family health insurance. That way if a health scare does happen on the Fourth of July, you’ll be prepared.