4th of July Safety
We’ve all seen news reports about the recent devastation of the Colorado wildfires destroying tens of thousands of acres of land, hundreds of homes and leaving many families faced with rebuilding their lives. It’s a situation in which no one wants to find themselves.
A large part of the United States has seen record high temperatures in the past few weeks. With the 4th of July around the corner, now is the perfect time for some reminders about how to stay safe in hot weather.
With the hot and dry conditions outside, it is best to leave fireworks displays up to the professionals. Find a community event near you with a fireworks display to enjoy at a safe distance. All it takes is the smallest spark to start a major fire. Because many areas are enforcing fireworks bans this holiday, check with your local authorities before using any fireworks.
Also, as you are out and about in the hot summer weather, it’s very important to keep yourself hydrated. Consuming sufficient amounts of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty, is absolutely the best thing to keep your body running the way it should in this heat. Come summertime, we encourage all of our employees to consume plenty of water and take frequent breaks so they stay healthy. You should too!
Stay indoors as much as possible during extreme heat. If you have to be out, here are some tips to help protect you:
- Put on sunscreen before you go outside.
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing to help keep your body cool.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat while outdoors.
You can never be too careful when it comes to outside heat exposure. Check on your neighbors and outside pets as well, and use caution when you’re outdoors for an extended period of time. If you start to feel dizzy or light headed or are no longer able to sweat, stop what you are doing and get to air conditioning quickly as these may be signs of more serious heat-related illnesses.
All of us at FedEx Express hope you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!
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