Good Morning Team!
We’ll celebrate our nation’s independence this week, also known as the 4th of July and America’s birthday. If you accept that 1776 was the year of her birth, she is now 243 years old! I have some really fond memories of past 4th of July celebrations. Family, food, and “blowin’ stuff up” are some of the highpoints of those for me. As I’ve gotten older and wiser (?) I realize that some of the chances I used to take when old enough to begin buying and lighting off my own fireworks makes me lucky to still have all my digits today. Since this article is about safety, I will refrain from describing some of the things me and my siblings did back in the day. Suffice to say, close calls, property damage and minor injuries did occur. Since no one wants to be injured or have property damaged by fireworks, let’s review some basic safety tips that should allow us all to enjoy this 4th of July much more safely.
There a few other safety concerns that should be mentioned, one of which is with the food. Grandma’s potato salad is delicious, but allow that to warm in the sun too long and it can cause some nasty stomach issues. (Experience speaking here.) Other food items can become a problem as well. Keep cold things cold, hot things hot and refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible to avoid those possibilities. Insects can be a hazard as well. Slapping at Mosquitos all night long and scratching at bites they leave behind is no fun at all. Ticks can also be a problem. The biggest concern here though is due to the illnesses they can transmit. Use a bug spray to keep them at bay. Sunburn is another hazard that we face. Using sunscreen or wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs will protect you here. And don’t forget your head, especially if it’s bald! J Don’t take any chances this year during your celebrations, be safe!
Have a great week and a very happy 4th.
Director of Facilities Services