LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The official Fourth of July holiday is not until Wednesday, but many communities – including Lewisboro – are holding their celebrations and fireworks festivals this weekend. With the heat expected to climb into the 90s over the next several days, Lewisboro’s Office of Emergency Management Committee is offering up some safety tips for dealing with the weather and other summer-related activities to help you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Beating the Heat
A heat advisory will be in effect through Sunday, with temperatures in the low to mid 90s. “Avoid prolonged exposure to the heat,” said Adam Ochs of Lewisboro Emergency Management. “Try to remain in cool places and drink plenty of water.”
Coping With Thunderstorms
The forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms throughout the weekend. Ochs says that if you hear thunder, stay indoors. For more information, check out http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/. In the event of power interruption call New York State Electric and Gas at 800-572-1131.
Stay clear of fireworks. “Not only are they are dangerous, they are illegal in New York state,” Ochs said.
Be Water Wise
Be vigilant around water. “Never leave children out of sight,” Ochs said. “Always have someone watching them when they are in or around water.”
Ochs recommends that you learn how to swim and learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation. When on a boat, make sure to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device.
Avoiding the Burn
When going out in the sun, use sunscreen. “If you are in and out of the water, it is a good idea to reapply your sunscreen even if it says that it is waterproof,” Ochs said. “Don’t forget sunscreen on your face, hands and feet. Other good ideas for protection from the sun are to wear sunglasses and a hat.”
Bikes and Helmets
If you’re on a bicycle or a motorcycle always wear a helmet. “It is New York state law that children must wear a helmet while on a bicycle, and motorcyclists must wear helmets as well,” Ochs said.
Ochs says to allow yourself extra time for your drive, as traffic is likely to be heavier during the holidays. He also says not to text while driving. “Always use a hands-free device while on your cell phone,” he said. “It is the law in the entire tri-state area. Also, use child safety seats/restraints for your children and wear your seat belt.” Ochs adds that you should make sure to have a designated driver if you are drinking.