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Keep your booming Fourth from going bust

Keep your booming Fourth from going bust

Proper safety ensures holiday fun doesn’t flop

by Kimmy Reinhardt

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching. With the celebration comes the question of how to protect yourself and your community while still having a good time. The Today team has five quick tips to help you stay safe this Independence Day.

 

Stay hydrated

Colorado summers are hot, and hydration is key to staying safe and healthy this summer. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, especially when out in the sun. 

 

Wear sunscreen and encourage others to do the same

Not only can the sun lead to quicker dehydration, it also leads to sunburns. They can have serious and long-term side effects including skin cancer, blistering and an increased likelihood of dehydration. So don’t hold back on that SPF!

 

Practice proper food safety during that backyard barbecue 

With all the barbeques this weekend, it’s important to ensure your food is at the correct temperature. Whether it’s cooked or refrigerated, it’s important to make sure it stays in a safe range. 

 

Play it safe near water

Splashing in the water is the perfect way to spend a hot Fourth of July; however, without the proper precautions it can be dangerous. Make sure you aren’t inhaling water; that the water is not at risk of a tide pulling you away; and all children are being watched and have the proper safety equipment while in the water.

 

Practice safe use of legal fireworks 

Better yet, leave it to the professionals.

It has been an incredibly dry summer, and one mistake with fireworks could set your community ablaze. Make sure any fireworks being set off are legal to use in the state of Colorado, and you are clear of flammable sources such as tall grasses and trees. 

Or just leave it to the professionals and stop by the Riverwalk’s yearly Fourth of July celebration. Here are some highlights:

  • $4 Boat Rides from noon – 9 p.m.
  • Food trucks and KPHT providing music starting at 4 p.m.
  • The Veterans’ Ritual Team will post colors at 7:15 p.m.
  • Rhett Haney will perform live at 7:50 p.m.
  • Fireworks will be launched at 9:30 p.m.

There is no admission fee or alcohol at the event. Alan Hamel Avenue and Main Street will both be closed so people can spread out around the Riverwalk and enjoy the day.

Visit here for more information: 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Everyone here at The Today wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July! 

Dry summers lead to fire, make sure to be safe this Fourth!

Dangerous fire season in progress in Colorado

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