Happy Independence Day!

SRxA’s Word on Health wishes all our readers a very happy 4th of July Holiday. Whether you’re going to watch a parade, see a fireworks display or BBQ with friends we  ask that you be safe out there.

For our non – American followers who have to work today here’s a little history lesson, to explain these Stateside celebrations.

On July 2, 1776, during the American Revolution, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.  After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, finally approving it on July 4.

A day earlier, John Adams,  the second President of the United States and co author of the Declaration of Independence wrote to his wife:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams’s prediction came true, although he was off by two days! From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2.

Happy Holiday – let the celebrations begin!

Happy 4th of July!

Word on Health wishes all of our readers a happy independence day holiday. We’ll be back tomorrow bringing you news from the world of health.  Until then, we’d like you to all stay safe while enjoying the fireworks by following these tips:

  • Never try to make your own fireworks
  • Buy only legal fireworks  and store them in a cool, dry place
  • Always use fireworks outside
  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Rockets, firecrackers and even sparklers are just too dangerous
  • If you must give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from their face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit  — hot enough to melt gold
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents
  • Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction
  • Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting
  • Avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances
  • Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud
  • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can
  • Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured