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The Fantastic 4th of July!

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As many Americans prepare to travel for the 4th of July holiday, you can find celebrations taking place almost anywhere. Whether it be something as simple as watching a large city’s fireworks display from home or a major road trip to spend time with friends and family, here are a few good tips to ensure that everyone has a good time:

1) Fireworks Safety 
Some things are better left to professionals, and fireworks are definitely in that category. By far and above the best thing you can do for the sake of safety is to attend a community display, but if you still desire to set off your own take these things into consideration: 

  • Never approach fireworks after they’ve been lit, even if they appear to have gone out. Explosions from heated wicks occur without warning despite appearances.
  • Sparklers and glow in the dark wands are better for children than roman candles and firecrackers. Only allow adults to handle serious consumer fireworks.
  • Always have water on hand in the event of flammable material catching on fire.

2) Pest Control
Mosquitoes and ticks are an unfortunate part of any outdoor experience. They can be largely prevented by using appropriate strength DEET bug repellents, but if for some reason a tick does attach to you there’s no reason for panic. Ignoring what you may have heard growing up about match heads, squeezing, or other methods; the only safe way to remove a tick is to take a pair of tweezers and grasp the head firmly to work it out of your skin. The illustration below shows the most effective method of that. 

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3) Traveling in Congested Traffic
This one may seem like common sense, but even seasoned travelers often do not anticipate the effects of road work combined with unusually high amounts of car traffic around the holidays. While other drivers may engage in hostile tactics and aggressive use of their vehicles, the best bet is to turn up the music, sit in your air conditioned vehicle, and let the hot heads get past you. Relax – the weekend’s not going anywhere!

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