How To Stay Safe on the Fourth of July

by Molly Louzan on June 29, 2015

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Our country ‘tis of theeeeeee (*crack*) eeee… Okay, so I’m no Kelly Clarkson.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Well, almost. What do you have planned for the day of red, white, and blue? We hope it involves some family/friend fun and plenty of fireworks. In order to keep it a fun and safe holiday, we want to remind you of a few things to keep in mind when celebrating…

BE SMART about alcohol consumption.

If you choose to drink alcohol on the fourth of July, make sure to use these strategies to help keep yourself safe:

  • Eat food that contain protein before and while you drink
  • Know your limits, set limits – and keep to your limits
  • Pace yourself and drink less alcohol per hour
  • Substitute alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks
  • Designate a driver or sober buddy to call
  • Look out for your friends’ safety
  • Drink non-alcoholic drinks if playing drinking games

 

Fun is not in the sun.

Are you going to be outside boating, beaching, or BBQ’ing during the day on the 4th? Fun doesn’t necessarily take place in the sun… the shade can be pretty happening place, too. To avoid resembling a flag sans the white and blue, follow these other tips to protect your skin:

  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight between 10AM-4PM.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to help to protect your face and neck.
  • Apply broad spectrum sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 (reapply often, especially if sweating and/or swimming)

 

Water helps beat the heat.

The expression isn’t “hot as July” for nothing! With all of the holiday excitement, it might be difficult to remember to keep yourself cool. While staying out of the shade will help significantly, so will these tips:

  • Drink, drink, drink that water! Be sure to drink regularly, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Avoid drinks that will dehydrate your body (ie. alcohol and caffeine).
  • Be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke. (This can include hot, red skin, changes in consciousness, rapid/weak pulse, and rapid/shallow breathing).

 

The ocean is not a “kiddy pool”

If your celebration brings you beachside, make sure that you are familiar with beach safety protocol. A few tips to stay safe on the beach include:

  • Never swim alone.
  • Always swim sober.
  • Never dive into the water head first.
  • Be cautious of plants and animals – they can be harmful.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties
  • Be cautious of rip tides, and swim parallel to the shore if you’re caught in one.

 

Baby, you’re a firework.

But that doesn’t mean you should light them yourself. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to view a public display from at least 500 feet away. Do not attempt to light fireworks yourself.

 

Safe BBQ = Happy You.

There are far too many injuries related to grill accidents, and we don’t want one to hinder your holiday. Make sure that if you are using a grill, it is always supervised. It should be outside in the open, away from any structures that could catch on fire (house, trees, deck, etc.). If you don’t know how to use a grill, read the instructions or ask for help from someone who does know how to use it.

 

Enjoy your holiday celebration. We hope you have a great one!

As for us, well….

 fireworks

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Street Smarts: Basic Running Safety

by Molly Louzan on June 22, 2015

You know how your dog reacts when you bring him to the dog park, and finally let him off his leash?

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That’s how many of us feel about finally being able to run outdoors after a long winter and spring of being confined to a treadmill. Before we hit the tar, however, it’s important to review some key safety tips to stay safe.

Look before crossing the street. Your parents, teachers, and neighborhood crossing guard told you to do this when you were a wee one. As a full grown adult, this still applies to you. It can be easy to forget when you’re “in the zone”, and don’t want to slow down your pace. However, you can’t rely on cars being able to see you, so you need to look for them before you sprint your way across the road.

Wear reflective gear when running in the dark It is not recommended to run before dawn or after dusk. If you have no other choice, however, make sure to wear reflective gear to make it easier for cars to see you . Vests are the most preferred option; however, bracelets, snap bands, headbands, shoes, and necklaces are helpful as well.

Listen for what is around you. Not only is blasting upbeat tunes bad for your ears, but you are blocking out the noises that you need to be listening to. When running outdoors, it is a good idea to refrain from wearing headphones in order to listen for cars or other safety hazards.

Run towards the cars. No, no… we don’t want you to literally run into the cars. When you are running on the road, the proper etiquette is to run against traffic, though. That means that you should be running on the opposite side of the road that you would normally drive. This not only makes it easier for cars to see you, but more importantly allows you to see (and avoid) them.

Wear your name. And emergency contact person’s phone number. And blood type. Why, you ask? If an accident does happen, bystanders and medical workers will not otherwise know everything they need to in order to help you because they wouldn’t know who you are. Always wear an ID tag with this information on it. If you don’t have an ID tag, write it on a paper nametag and stick it somewhere on you that it won’t fall off.

Don’t run alone. This is the simplest way to support safety when running. Running with a partner increases motivation, but is also ensures that you have someone looking out for you. Also, predators are less likely to approach you if you are not alone. Don’t have a partner? Bring your dog.

Running is a terrific source of exercise. It keeps you in great shape while reducing stress and boosting your mood. In the long run, running can help to prevent several diseases, reduce risks of heart attacks, and aid in sustainable weight management. Running outdoors even further supports mental and emotional health. If you are taking the time to go for a run, you clearly care about your health. Why not take it a step further and make sure that you stay safe when running, too?

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