• This entry was posted in Patio on June 28, 2016

  • At KETTLER USA, we love celebrating the 4th of July. It’s vibrant, fun, loud, and an excuse to raise our voices in joy and appreciation for all we have. 4th of July is all about being thankful – for freedom, family, friends, and all of the wonderful things life has to offer.

    But rambunctious holidays like the 4th of July often have dangers associated with them. In fact, the 4th of July was once named “the most dangerous holiday of the year.” Alcohol-fueled fests and fireworks are a risky combination.

    Below are a few tips for being safe and still having fun this holiday. Have a good time, but keep this advice in mind.

    Pay attention. Yes, you can enjoy a few beers and the company of your best friends, but don’t drink so many beers that you’re no longer aware of your surroundings and the actions of yourself and those around you. And watch out for you friends too. One foolish decision can ruin everyone’s night and possibly cause injuries.

    Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Setting off fireworks is extremely dangerous, and it’s a task best left to those who know what they’re doing. Over 8,600 injuries are caused by fireworks every year. The best and safest way to experience fireworks this 4th of July is to go to one of many free celebrations held in cities across the country. You can witness breath-taking fireworks without the risk.

    Have a driving plan. If you’re planning on sipping on more than two beers, make sure your partner or friend is staying sober, and vice versa. If you’re both planning on heavily drinking, leave the car at home, and walk or take a cab to your party destination. Driving on the 4th of July can be incredibly stressful. Have a game plan in mind, or a friend’s couch to sleep on.

    Don’t leave your grill unattended. If you’re grilling up food for an outdoor gathering, don’t get distracted by drinking or chatting with your guests. While grilling, keep your focus on the grill! Your friends won’t mind once they taste the scrumptious burgers and hot dogs.

    Wear sunscreen. Apply at least SPF 30 around 20 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two years. Wearing sunscreen significantly reduces your risk for skin cancer. Plus, painful red skin after a party is no fun!

    We hope your 4th of July is filled with fun and festive activities, but that you also keep safety in mind while celebrating. Above all: kick back and relax, but stay alert. Although it’s always a great time, 4th of July comes with many dangers that you need to stay smart to navigate.