July is known for barbecues, fireworks, festivities and vacations with friends or family. Summer has officially begun and social gatherings are bound to happen.
However, with COVID-19 still a worry across the country, many July events have been altered or cancelled. The 4th of July is the largest summer holiday and is often celebrated as such. Americans tend to consume close to 150 million hotdogs and light nearly 16,000 fireworks on the 4th of July alone.
While many towns and communities have cancelled their 4th of July festivities, some have gotten creative with drive-in fireworks.
That doesn’t mean the gatherings will stop! Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a cookout, here are some safety tips to follow this 4th of July.
- Maintain Social distancing. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. If you’re hosting an event, find some creative ways to spread out your guests. Assign people chairs or make marks on the ground that allow people to stay at least 6 feet apart.
- Use disposable utensils and be aware of your food. Try to avoid eating with home utensils and opt for disposable utensils (even better if you’re able to get compostable or recycled single-use utensils). This will limit your exposure to items from someone’s house. It is also good to be aware of what foods you eat when having a cookout. As much as we love veggie platters and fruit bowls, be aware that large serving dishes are picked at by multiple people. Make sure there are serving utensils with each dish to prevent people from using their fingers or their own utensils to get food.
- Wash your hands regularly. The best way to make sure you are staying healthy is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid touching your face. Preventing the spread of germs is the best way to beat COVID-19.
While this 4th of July is very different from past years, we all need to focus on staying safe and healthy this holiday.
Did you know more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year?
According to the American Kennel Club, more pets go missing July 4 and 5 than any other day. On the 4th, play it safe and keep your pet inside. Fireworks and large gatherings can often spook animals and cause them to seek shelter elsewhere. Try to keep them comfortable inside. Be sure to include them in your Smart911 Safety Profile!