Here are 10 ways to help ensure a happy and healthy holiday:
- Don’t Burn. Use plenty of sunblock (and bring extra). You’ll also want to drink water throughout the day.
- Watch what you eat. Make sure your food is fully cooked. According to the U.S.D.A., meats need to be cooked to 145 degrees F, ground meats to 160 and poultry to 165.
- Watch what you serve. Put perishables in an insulated cooler with ice so it doesn’t grow harmful bacteria before serving. Pull it from the fridge right before use.
- Don’t drink and drive. We shouldn’t need to tell you this, of course, but the period around the Fourth of July holiday is a deadly one for drunk-driving fatalities.
- Don’t drink and boat. Alcohol is a factor in about one-third of recreational boating deaths, says the Coast Guard.
- Make sure everyone’s got a life jacket. If you’re going to be near or on the water, life jackets are a must. On a boat, there should be enough life preservers for everyone.
- Lighting fireworks? Be prepared. Keep a hose or bucket of water close by, and make sure you’re not aiming at people, animals, homes, plants or cars.
- Supervise the kids. Youngsters shouldn’t be lighting fireworks at all, and older kids need to be watched closely. Even sparklers get much hotter than you think.
- Keep your distance, too. Thousands of people show up in the emergency room this time of the year with firework injuries. Don’t be one of them!
- No matter what you’re doing, keep safety in mind at all times.
Those of us at Farm Country Insurance wish you and yours a happy and safe Fourth.