Showing posts with label Independence Day celebrations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Independence Day celebrations. Show all posts

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Celebrate Your Freedom to Save!

Independence Day is when we celebrate our country’s freedom. Many of us also get to enjoy the 4th of July holiday with a vacation from work, offering plenty of opportunities for fun, rest, and relaxation. It’s also the perfect time to celebrate your freedom to save. Read on for our top tips!

Home & Garden Merchandise

If you’re planning to entertain this summer, check out deals on home and garden merchandise. From patriotic décor and lawn furniture to gardening supplies and grills, department stores have great sales on these items at this time of year. Check out major department stores in your area for great holiday savings. Specialty items for the pool and beach are usually on sale by the time 4th of July rolls around, too.

Grocery Items

Don’t forget food, drinks, and snacks. Make sure to stock up on barbecue favorites such as hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, drinks, and chips while they’re on sale. You can also buy these items in bulk from a shopping club. Then, you’re certain to have plenty for guests when the grilling season or special event rolls around. Check out our Pinterest board, Healthy Summer BBQ, for more entertaining ideas!

Summer Apparel

Swimwear, shorts, and sandals have been drastically reduced in price by the time 4th of July arrives. Take advantage of these markdowns. Not only can you and your family members enjoy a fashionable summer wardrobe this year, but you can purchase items for next year, too. Summer jewelry and handbags can be also found at great prices this time of year as retailers begin making room for back-to-school merchandise.

Electronics & Appliances

And then there are electronics and appliances. Probably not something you typically consider during the summer season, but it is a great time of year to purchase this type of merchandise at reduced prices. From televisions and refrigerators to mixers or printers, don’t discount the opportunity to save!

Save with FamilyWize

Don’t forget that you can save on your seasonal allergy and other medications during the summer season. Use your FamilyWize discount prescription drug card and maximize your savings on your prescription needs. Get your free card or download the app here.

Let’s not forget to pause and appreciate the freedoms we enjoy this Independence Day, but you can also take a minute to celebrate your freedom to save! Enjoy and be safe!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Avoid These Common Fireworks Fiascos

Many of us are counting down the days to big Independence Day celebrations, many of which often involve that American tradition of fireworks.   And we really don’t want to put a damper on your merriment, but we really do want you to have a safe time.  The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that nearly 9,000 of us end up having a very bad time around the fourth of July, spending some of our day or night being treated in an emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. 

Clearly our country is stretching the definition of “month” by defining June 1 to July 4 as National Fireworks Safety Month, which we do, but we’re okay with that, since the injury and fire risks go up before the fourth.  In fact, 70 to 75 percent of fireworks-related injuries each year occur during a 30-day period surrounding the July 4th holiday (June 23--July 23 specifically).  So, let’s get the word out now before summer celebration plans get blown to bits by a fireworks accident.

People watching fireworks

Ugly stats on fireworks injuries

When you need to get someone’s attention regarding the dangers of fireworks activities, spark their interest with these disturbing fireworks accident statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • Fireworks injuries are often severe. Seven of every 100 with a fireworks-related injury end up hospitalized.
  • Children are often those injured by fireworks. About four of every 10 fireworks injuries are to children 14 and under.
  • Under-the-table fireworks are deadly. Illegal and homemade fireworks were responsible for every single fireworks-related death in 2012.
  • Guys don’t do fireworks better. Sorry, gents, but you are statistically three times more likely to be the one injured in fireworks accidents compared to women.  And boys aged 10--14 years have the highest rate of injury. 
  • Small fireworks do big damage.  Sparklers and firecrackers are together responsible for 35 percent of all fireworks injuries.
  • Hands are a common casualty.  Injuries from fireworks do damage to all body parts, but 34 percent of injuries are to the hands, followed by facial injuries (12 percent), and then the eyes (17 percent).
  • Fireworks injuries are expensive.  Fireworks-related injuries add up to an estimated $100 million annually.
Beyond the risk of injury, fireworks often cause home or vehicle fires. In 1997, for example, the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported direct property damage figures of $22.7 million from fireworks.

Tips for safe fireworks fun

The following safety tips, most of which are from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will help you to stay safe when you are enjoying your holiday with fireworks: 
  • Leave it to the pros. Yes, fireworks are legal in some states and municipalities.  That said, the CDC and CPSC encourage us to let fireworks be be done by trained fireworks experts.
  • Have adult supervision of all fireworks activities. Even sparklers, which burn at around 2,000 degrees, can do serious damage.
  • Keep a ready supply of water in case a fire occurs.
  • Don’t let young children take part, except by observing.
  • Keep all parts of your body out of the line of fire.  Many injuries occur while lighting fireworks fuses from this error in judgment.
  • Don’t attempt to relight fireworks that don’t fully ignite.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Only light your fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Don’t ignite fireworks from metal or glass containers – they can become shrapnel!
  • Douse the spent fireworks with water before calling it an evening, and especially before discarding your fireworks.
  • Are fireworks legal in your area?  Make sure before buying or using them.
If you or someone in your party receives a fireworks injury, seek immediate help or dial 911.

Take fireworks safety a few steps further

To learn more or do more to promote fireworks safety, try this:
This Independence Day season, have a blast ... a safe blast.  Remember: fireworks safety this season is in your hands.

Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer