People around the country will be celebrating our nation’s freedom this 4th of July. In North Carolina, people celebrating outside will be dealing with high temperatures and humidity. What could be an enjoyable gathering of family and friends can quickly be ruined if someone is made ill by the heat or is injured in an accident. Here are some tips to make sure that your picnic, BBQ or other celebration goes off without a hitch.
Whether or not you are one to plan your outfits days in advance or throw something together the morning of, you want to pay close attention to what you wear. Skip the tight, dark clothes and opt for light colored, loose layers. A baseball cap or other hat will protect your head, and sunglasses will keep the sun from hurting your eyes.
Sweating helps our bodies cool, but it also means that fluid is constantly being lost. The more water you can drink, the better. If you are drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, try to have a bottle of water between each one. Fruit juice without added sugar is also a great way to stay hydrated. Remember to drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.
There are several food choices you can make to help you stay cool. Fruits and vegetables are not only light on the stomach, but will help keep you hydrated. Spicy foods will help you sweat, and low-fat meats will add protein to your body without weighing you down.
The peak hours of sunlight are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During this time period, it is especially important to have access to shade. If there is no natural shade available, consider carrying an umbrella.
5. Safe Games
Games at the celebration should be age-appropriate. Consider setting up multiple games for everyone to enjoy. Cornhole, volleyball and even a good game of kickball can be fun for all ages, but be sure to take plenty of breaks if the temperatures are high. Keep an eye on everyone for signs of heat exhaustion or illness, and be sure to have a first-aid kit on hand for any minor injuries.
Don’t let the heat of the day ruin your good time. Use the tips above to keep everyone in attendance safe and healthy. Celebrating the 4th of July holiday should be a day of enjoyment and bonding.
If you or a loved one are injured in Charlotte during the holiday or at any other time of the year, call our office. A member of our team will review the details of your case at no cost to you and advise you of your available options. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm.