It's miserable outside. There is an excessive heat warning in Philadelphia and Wednesday promises to be a hot, sticky mess.
But, there are Fourth of July parties, concerts and fireworks, so of course you are going out. If you don't want to miss out on the fun, follow these tips to enjoy the day safely:
Stay hydrated. Water is best. Drink alcohol in moderation.
Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Infants and seniors need to be especially cautious in the sun.
Use caution around fireworks.
Now, let's talk about sun protection. Get too much sun exposure and you put yourself at risk for future skin cancers.
If you're planning a cookout this weekend, avoid picnic dishes or sandwiches with heavy mayo. Pack apples, carrots, granola bars, potato chips or popcorn as snacks. The Pa. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers some tips for avoiding the risks of food poisoning at your picnics or cookouts.
Don't forget about your pets. You may think a picnic and fireworks are a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July but chances are the holiday will freak out your pet. The days around Independence Day are the busiest of the year at animal shelters trying to reunite runaway pets with their owners. Sadly, many pets are struck and killed in their panic to escape the noise of fireworks.