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2014 marks the 185th anniversary of America’s freedom. The 4th of July is one of the most fun days of the year, a time to enjoy the beautiful, summer weather with family and friends. However, if you’re not careful, it can also be a day full of hazards. Stay safe this Independence Day with these tips:

  • Give yourself enough time for travel

Holidays always mean busy streets and highways. There are thousands of families across the country traveling out of town for special events. It’s always a good idea to leave earlier than usual to ensure a timely arrival.  View a short AAA travel safety video here.

  • Have a fire extinguisher available

We all enjoy barbecues and fireworks displays, but grills and fireworks mean there are more fire hazards than usual. Be prepared for all uncertainties with a fire extinguisher nearby.

  • Boat safely

July 4 is another busy day on rivers and lakes. You may not be used to the high traffic out on the water. Review boat safety tips to keep everyone, including other boaters and swimmers, safe.

  • Don’t forget the sunscreen

Remember, a sunny day isn’t the only time you should protect your skin. You can still get sunburned on a cloudy day. Rub on the SPF before you leave and house and bring the bottle along to reapply after 2 to 4 hours.

  • Leave Fido at home

July 5 is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters because dogs panicked during the firework display. Many dogs are afraid of the loud noises that occur on the 4th of July and they “retreat” to safety. We understand pets are part of the family, but in this case, your best bet may be to keep your dog at home.  For other holiday weekend pet safety tips, click here.

The Lions Pride Office will be closed on Friday, July 4. We wish you a safe, enjoyable Independence Day!