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Make it a Fourth of July to remember

At the mention of Fourth of July I begin to anticipate barbecue, fresh corn, the gathering of family and friends, and of course fireworks. It doesn’t bring to mind tragic accidents that could have been avoided. Unfortunately for some, the Fourth of July weekend will bring just that. With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, some folks will celebrate Independence Day this weekend, some on Wednesday the Fourth and some next weekend. Whenever you choose to celebrate remember that you can prevent tragedies and ensure your celebration is a happy one by following some simple safety guidelines.

If you drink, don’t drive. Call a cab, a friend, have a designated driver, stay put. You don’t need to get anywhere so badly that you put yourself and others in danger. Same thing goes for boating. Just say no.

Fireworks are dangerous and need to be supervised at all times. Sparklers seem harmless but did you know that they can burn at up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s hot enough to catch a little ones clothes on fire, burn toes or singe fingers. Be observant and keep water handy just in case something goes awry. Other options are free, professional fireworks displays. There will be an Independence Day Celebration, the Fourth of July at Patrick Henry‘s Red Hill. Fireworks, music, living history demonstrations/colonial games and more.

If you plan on a barbeque be sure you keep your food safe. Keep cold food cold and hot food hot. No one wants a dose of salmonella with their potato salad.

Be safe and have a wonderful Fourth of July celebration that leaves you with great memories to enjoy for years to come.

Betty Ramsey  is the Publisher of The Charlotte Gazette.  She can be reached at Betty. Ramsey@TheCharlotteGazette.com.