Well, the big holiday of the summer is right around the corner. Picnics, fireworks (legal ones, hopefully), swimming, extended weekends. They're all a part of the Fourth of July celebration.
It doesn't hurt though to keep in mind a few safety tips before the holiday.
First, and foremost, is fireworks. We should all know what's legal in Iowa and what isn't. If you can't buy it in Iowa, it isn't legal to set it off in Iowa. Even with legal fireworks, though, you can't be too careful.
And then there's the heat. With temperatures expected to hit the 90s throughout the week, we all need to be careful when we're celebrating.
Overexertion is always a problem. Whether it's work or leisure, we need to be sure we don't test our body beyond its limits.
We also need to drink plenty of water. In this heat, you'll lose water from your body rapidly, so before you go out, make sure you drink plenty of water plus bring lots along.
If you can find a spot of shade, use it. Even a little shade can make a huge difference in the stress on your body.
Avoid excess alcohol intake. Contrary to what a lot of people think, alcohol isn't a good substitute for water in your body. In fact, it's the opposite. So consume alcohol in moderation.
It's a good idea, too, to avoid letting perishable food sit out on that picnic table too long. That potato salad that sat out on the table for four or five hours might still look fine, but once it's sat out in the heat that long, it just isn't worth taking the chance.
So whether you're attending the flight breakfast in Estherville or the parade in Armstrong or going out of town, have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.
And have fun!