The 4th of July is always a popular holiday. Celebrating our nation's independence and history (240 years young!), enjoying the warm summer weather, watching some fireworks, and cookouts galore. It's got all the ingredients for a great day and long weekend. Here's a few reminders to make sure your holiday is safe and fun.
- Fireworks: Fireworks, big and small, are a 4th of July staple. From the professional shows to the backyard venues, everyone wants to take part. Just remember to keep a safe distance once they've been lit. Check and double check that there is nothing flammable within range. If you encounter a "dud" don't try to re-light it. Put it in water and move on to the next one. If you're using sparklers, watch out for the lit end, especially when small children are around. And remember, alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Driving: Unless you're hosting the party, everyone has somewhere to go on the 4th. That means there's going to be a lot of people on the roads and potentially a lot of traffic. Plan ahead so you don't get stuck in a long highway delay. You're bound to see fireworks while you're driving, and while they're pretty to look at, you have to keep your eyes on the road. It's not possible to watch the sky and the road at the same time. Same thing goes for texting and driving!
- Alcohol: If you're old enough to drink, make sure you do so responsibly. If you need a ride, call a taxi, get an Uber, or phone a sober friend. There will be police DUI checkpoints in many places, and rightfully so. Remember, if you're buzzed, you're drunk. Don't risk it.
Keep these tips in mind and have a safe and happy weekend. Just remember:
- Be careful around fireworks. When in doubt, put it out.
- Eyes on the road!
- If you're drinking, don't drive.
So, enjoy the sunshine, food, family, and that three day weekend!
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