Staying Safe on the 4th of July

Fireworks, trips to the lake, lighting up the grill and cooking something juicy… nothing better than a relaxing 4th of July with friends and family. You make plans, get the coolers full of ice, cold drinks and even bring the bug spray and sunscreen. Have your thought of everything? Chances are you are forgetting something that you might not use but would definitely want to have if you needed it, that is your first aid kit.

According to the Insurance Journal article: Facts About Fireworks: 11,000 Injuries, 4 Deaths in 2016 by Andrew G. Simpson, there were over 11,000 reported injuries in the United States. 7,600 of them were treated in hospital emergency rooms.  That is just injuries from fireworks which are only PART of the day. Don’t forget the injuries from heat stroke, dehydration, insect bites, falls, cuts, scrapes. You need to be prepared to handle any emergency that might befall your family and friends this holiday season.

The best way to do that is to have a first aid kit that matches your activity for the day.  Are you going out on the lake or oceans you need a marine medical kit. If you are going out camping faily you probably want to take a bite and sting kit and a family first aid kit. Maybe you are going for a long hike in the woods with the pups and will need a first aid kit for your favorite K9. Or just a day in the back yard with the family, fireworks and BBQ where you would need a kit a bit more complex to cover the gambit of injuries that could happen when a bunch of people get together for a party.   

Don’t forget about preventative care to beat injuries to the punch. A few examples of these are insect repellent, sunscreen.  These are common things and easy to apply. Most come in spray bottles.  A quick spray down of the family can save you a big headache later of soothing sunburns and bug bites.

Most importantly, bring your water bottle and stay hydrated! July 4th is probably the hottest holiday in the terms of temperature in the United States. So it is important to stay hydrated while you are celebrating Independence Day by drinking lots of liquids of the non-alcoholic variety. The colder the better to keep your body temperature down so you can enjoy the day.

Stay safe out there for the 4th of July holiday week and be sure to come by TruPrep or visit us online and get your gear to make sure you have a fun and safe holiday.

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