From an editorial Friday in the Durham Herald-Sun:
That summer tradition, the Fourth of July weekend, is upon us.
We wish it weren’t necessary to raise the point we’re about to make, but history suggests that it is.
Be careful out there.
Our love affair with pyrotechnics, of course, is one major source of risk when we celebrate our country’s independence. On top of that, we’re hitting the peak of summer heat and sun and many will seize the opportunity to perhaps party too hard, especially with alcohol.
The prime advice fire officials will give you on the fireworks front is to enjoy professionally produced shows.
But if you or the youngsters in your life insist on a DIY fireworks display, make sure they’re legal.
Always keep a close watch on children.
Beyond that, remember the roads can be dangerous on the July Fourth weekend – which for traffic-statistic purposes starts at 6 p.m. Friday. Drive defensively, as always – and don’t take to the road in a condition that would endanger others.
Nearly half the fatal auto crashes during the holiday involve impaired drivers. Don’t be one of them.
Health officials remind us to be wary of sun exposure as we head to the beach or just to backyard picnics and barbecues. It’s best to find shade – or create it with a canopy or something similar. The Environmental Working Group sensibly warns on its website that “as a rule of thumb, limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when ultraviolet radiation peaks.”
In short, have a good weekend – and a safe one.