Avoid the Fourth of July Buzz-Kill
I cannot believe that the Fourth of July is already here. It is the unofficial midpoint of the summer and usually a great day to enjoy some grill delights and fireworks. And, this year in central Illinois, we will be enjoying some “fan-tab” temperatures thanks to the cold front that came through earlier this week. Only a high of 79 tomorrow? No humidity? AMAZING!
I know many of you are getting ready to skip out of work early today to hit the road or to run to the store before the mob scene descends after 5pm, so I thought I should throw a little bit of Fourth Safety at you. There is no bigger Fourth of July buzz-kill than a trip to the emergency room.
If you are heading out of town…
- Make sure you do a quick once over to check belts, fluid levels, etc.
- Pay attention to the road – no texting while driving and only do hands free calls.
- Wear a seat belt and observe speed limits.
- Don’t drink and drive.
The only other thing I want to throw in is the whole potential flooding thing. As of right now, they are only saying mild flooding, but in some areas, flood waters are already causing roads to close. Take a second to do just a couple things to prepare for this potential wrench in your driving plan…
- Download the Red Cross flood app and be sure to set it to “monitor current location” under the alert tab. It will let you know about warnings/watches wherever you are.
- Check your Illinois route before hitting the road. If any of your roads are closed, then you can pre-plan.
- And please, please, please… if you come upon a water filled roadway, don’t try to drive through. You have no idea how deep it is or if the road washed out.
If you are going to grill…
- Keep your grill away from anything that could ignite – trees, homes, lawn furniture.
- Keep the kiddos and pets away from the grill.
- Use the special long-handled grill tools to avoid burns.
If you are going to play with fire…
- Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
- Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution
- Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud”
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials
- Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks
I think that about sums it all up! So, light up a sparkler (while wearing eyewear), pop open an adult beverage (but don’t drive after) and celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday!