The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and we here at Insurance Strategies - The Cooksey Agency want to make sure that everyone has a fun and safe holiday celebrating the independence that make us proud to be Americans! As we load up on bug spray and get those smokers fired up, let’s make sure to keep a few things in mind:
- If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, stay home! No need to spread any potential sickness during the holidays!
- Be mindful of firework safety. Keep all fireworks and related implements away from children and make sure that fireworks are always stored properly and used in a safe manner. Never point them at anyone or anything but the sky.
- If you’re the master of firework ceremonies, wear eye protection while setting fireworks. Never attempt to relight a dud firework.
- Practice grill safety! Keep grill a safe distance from structures, children, and pets. Use long-handled tools while grilling, and for Pete’s sake, never grill indoors!
- Water safety is key! If your festivities will be on or near the water, be sure to practice water safety. Be mindful of drowning hazards and never hit the water if you’re intoxicated.
- Prepare for insects! Mosquitoes and other insects can quickly turn a good time into a bad one. Make sure to stock up on bug spray or maybe even a citronella candle or two.
- Bring sunscreen! Many folks choose to start their celebrations during the day so they can enjoy some of the good weather with friends and family before fireworks. Wear sunscreen.
- Keep water handy! The summer sun is great, but make sure to keep ample drinking water around in case of dehydration or heat exhaustion.
- Drink responsibly! Many folks will enjoy an alcoholic drink or two during the holiday, and that’s fine, but make sure to do so responsibly. Do not let anyone who is intoxicated handle fireworks, man the grill, and certainly don’t let them drive.
- Be mindful of others! The Fourth of July is a great time for celebration but be mindful of noise—especially fireworks—when it comes to your neighbors who may not celebrate as exuberantly. Respect for our neighbors—fellow Americans—is a part of what the day is all about!
Make sure to keep these things in mind during the holiday weekend. Don’t spend the fifth of July wishing you had done something differently! Be safe, be kind, and be proud. It’s the American Way!