July 4th is a special day here in the states because it is a day when we come together to celebrate our freedom as a nation. Typically, most of us would be gathering at local parks or with friends and family to watch fireworks and enjoy each other's company. There may have even been events such as festivals and parties in the past. However, this year does look a little different due to the current pandemic.
The current pandemic may cause this year's celebration to be a little different, but you should still be able to safely enjoy yourself with close loved ones. You'll still be able to fire up the grill and enjoy some sparklers at home. If you are planning on celebrating, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Did you know that July 4th is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year to drive? This is due to the increase in vehicle accidents, typically caused by drunk driving. If you're planning on driving, be sure to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
- NEVER drink and drive. If you are consuming alcohol, have a ride planned.
- The pandemic isn't over, which means we still need to wear our masks in public areas and practice social distancing.
- If you're traveling far, be sure that your vehicle is in good condition to avoid issues along the way. Here at Monticello Auto Service, we can provide a vehicle inspection before your long trip to verify that your vehicle can handle the drive. If not, we help you take care of your vehicle's needs before you hit the road.
- When lighting fireworks, use caution and stay away from other people, homes, and anything flammable. Laws are in effect for a reason, so be sure that the fireworks you have are legal.
- Since it will probably be a warm weekend, remember to stay hydrated and cool. Wear the proper clothing for the weather and use lots of sunscreen. A hat is a good idea, too!
- If you're planning on grilling, remember grilling and fire safety. Don't let small children around hot grills and take caution when lighting any fires.
We hope that these safety tips will allow you to have an amazing July 4th holiday. We wish you the best, and happy Independence Day!