Enjoy your Independence Day, but make sure to do so with safety in mind. There are hazards during this time of year that can present danger to seniors or those with physical limitations, particularly. Consider some practical reminders to keep you safe throughout the holiday, and all summer long.
The 4th of July is one of the most significant and symbolic events for any American- make sure to celebrate it safely. It is estimated that nearly 3,000 accidental deaths occur every July 4th and most are very preventable. From wearing sunscreen to implementing mobility aids, take strides to stay safe and make the most of this special time of year.
Happy 4th of July! Here are some tips to enjoy it safely:
The heat of summer can be a quiet killer. Heat stress and stroke are common when temperatures rise, particularly for seniors or those with physical challenges. Seek shade and limit time spent in the sun- more on that soon! Maintain your air conditioning unit, if applicable, and use fans to circulate the air in the home.
Hey, have you heard about Air Conditioning Appreciation Days? It is a time July 3rd through August 15th when people acknowledge and observe the importance of a working AC. Since 1901, air conditioners have been making life cooler for Americans- this holiday is a chance to acknowledge this.
Too much sun can cause skin and vision damage, as well as certain types of cancers. It hardly comes as a surprise that too much sun can be a bad thing but how can you prevent problems when hanging outside during the 4th? There are lots of ways, including these tips:
- Cover up with a hat, sunglasses, and long sleeves to prevent nasty burns and the effects of heat stroke.
- Find and take breaks in the shade. Remember that the sun is at its peak between 11 am and 3 pm. Plan your activities accordingly especially if you are particularly sensitive to the sun.
- Wear sunscreen that is at least 15 SPF, and reapply it often, every couple of hours. If you swim, reapply.
Want to learn more? Check out UV Safety Awareness Month online throughout July for information and tips.
Are you drinking enough water? Drinking water helps to keep you from becoming dehydrated, which can have devastating effects. Dehydration can cause mood swings, confusion, constipation, and medical distress, none of which you want during your holiday celebration. You need to drink more water when it is hot or if you are physically active or sick.
Water is integral to life:
- Water helps you maintain a normal body temp.
- Water lubricates and provides cushioning to your joints.
- Water helps to protect bodily tissue and protects your spinal cord.
- Water helps to move wastes through the body.
Stay hydrated with these tips for the 4th:
- Keep a water bottle close at hand throughout your activities and festivities. Refill it often!
- Purposefully order water to drink when eating out plus, it saves money on other beverages!
- Try giving your water some citrus flavor and a shot of Vitamin C with fresh lemon, lime, or orange wedge.
- Infuse water overnight in your refrigerator with fresh fruit, berries, herbs, or veggies, like cucumber, for a refreshing change.
Remember, too, that March 22 is World Water Day, which brings attention to water-related issues across the globe.
Are you hitting the road for the holiday? Many are venturing out and heading on vacation after being cooped up for far too long. Mobility aids and devices keep you safe when away from home or traveling, like ramps. If you have physical challenges, or if you use a scooter or walker now, ramps make a lot of sense. First, they level out steps or stairs for much easier access, and also, they offer accessibility for mobility equipment like wheelchairs and scooters, wherever you go.
Portable ramps are a cost-friendly option that allows you to take your access on the road with you. These smaller, foldable ramps are easy to implement as needed or when the terrain commands it. From getting around outside to climbing steps or navigating thresholds, portable ramps are a prudent solution for many. Talk to a mobility retail professional to learn more and determine if temporary or permanent ramps are the wisest solution for you this summer.
The 4th of July only comes once a year so celebrate it! If you are fortunate enough to live in the USA, observe and enjoy Independence Day this year, and every year to come. Also, consider these tips and stay safe, whether at home or away on vacation this summer. For mobility aids and equipment to keep you safer, talk to the team at Pacific Mobility; they offer quality devices to increase accessibility and improve quality of life. Happy 4th of July!
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)