Have a Fun and Safe 4th of July!

by Katie Bogusz on June 27, 2017

The 4th of July is an exciting time for a lot of us!  It usually means parties with family and friends, yummy food, and plenty of time in the sun.  Although we may want to have fun, it’s also important to remember to stay safe during the 4th.  Accidents do occur but a lot of dangerous situations can be avoided with a little safety planning and education.  So read on to make sure you have a safe 4th of July!

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Beach Safety and Pool Safety

If you’re going to the beach, check the weather beforehand to make sure you won’t be caught in a thunderstorm or other dangerous weather.  Only swim at beaches with lifeguards to make sure there is always a professional there to aid in any medical emergencies that might arise.  Rip currents are also a dangerous situation at beaches.  If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Then when you are free, swim toward the shore.  If you can’t swim to shore, shout out for help, float or tread water until free of the rip current, and then head toward shore.  Also, stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties because those areas usually have permanent rip currents.

If you plan on going to either a pool or a beach be aware of your swimming ability.  Stick to the shallow end or hang out closer to the water’s edge.  If you’re going to be out swimming in deep ocean water wear a Coast Guard-approved jacket.  When hanging out at a pool make sure you aren’t diving head first into shallow areas, always try to jump in feet first.  Whether at the beach or the pool make sure you are wearing sunblock, at least SPF 30.  Protect your eyes too, the glare from the water can be even more harmful to your eyes.  Wear sunglasses that protect against UVB rays and UVA rays.  Finally stay hydrated and stay away from alcoholic or caffeinated drinks because they can dehydrate you.  Alcohol consumption is especially dangerous because it affects your motor skills and reaction time.

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Cookout Safety 

Cookouts are always fun and full of yummy food!  If you’re going to use a grill make sure someone is always keeping an eye on it and never grill indoors.  It’s best to have the grill out in the open and not near any decks or tree branches that could catch on fire.  Keep an eye out for kids that are getting too close to the grill to ensure that no one is knocking it over or burning themselves.

Make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks at your party and place non-alcoholic drinks/water near the alcohol to remind your guests that are drinking to alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Try to have food served before people start drinking so no one is drinking on an empty stomach.  Don’t allow drinking games to be played at your cookout because it is a sure way to consume dangerous amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.  If you are hosting the cookout stay sober so you can keep tabs on your guest and make sure everyone is safe.  Ensure that there are plenty of designated drivers at the cookout to make sure that there are sober drivers to bring guests home that have been drinking.

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Be Safe this Fourth of July

The fourth of July is a time of celebration, so make sure it stays that way by being safe.  Make it so you and your friends are well prepared and knowledgeable about the safety precautions to take so you can feel confident you will have a safe and fun fourth!  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement (IN) Network by visiting  https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and searching for the BSU Peer Educators.

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