Fourth of July Fun!
It may seem far off, but the Fourth of July is just around the corner. Signaling the kick-off to the summer season at Holden Beach, Independence Day is a fun celebration enjoyed by young and old. All across the country, there will be barbecues, swimming, sun bathing, water sports, and of course, fireworks. While we all want to have some fun this Fourth of July, it's important to stay safe too. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
When possible, enjoy a public fireworks display put on in the community rather than set off your own. However, if you do find yourself at a party where people are lighting off fireworks, follow these safety rules according to the Red Cross:
- Stay back 500 feet.
- Keep kids and pets well away.
- Make sure you have plenty of water and a fire extinguisher nearby in case of accident.
- Always don eye protection if you're the one setting them off.
- Store fireworks in a cool dry place.
- Set them off in a wide-open area away from houses, people and vehicles.
- Don't point fireworks at people, animals or kids especially.
Who can resist the charbroiled taste of a juicy hamburger in the summer? While grilling is a fun and tasty experience, keep these tips in mind before lighting up the barbecue:
- Never walk away from a grill in use.
- Keep kids and pets away.
- Always grill outdoors, never indoors, and never right against a house.
- Use appropriate tools with long handles.
- Don't use starter fluid on an already-flaming grill.
When swimming, heed all water safety rules so you can have an enjoyable yet safe beach experience this year.
- If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore.
- Check local weather conditions and never go in the water when a thunder and lightning storm is forecast to approach.
- Supervise children at all times.
- Watch for marine life, and be suspicious of any creature that washes up on shore.
- Don't dive into shallow water, such as off sand bars.
- Always swim sober.