IMCOM commander: Stay safe this July 4

July Fourth is a great occasion in our country and a day to celebrate with patriotism.

John Adams, the first vice president and second president of the United States, helped write the Declaration of Independence. He said, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. 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.”

Independence Day remains a national celebration just as President Adams predicted. We encourage you to celebrate in the spirit of independence and patriotism that has endured for 239 years. As Army professionals who protect our freedom, we must remain aware of the risks present at July Fourth festivities.

Outdoor activities are a source of sunburn and heat injuries. Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks when working or playing in hot weather.

Water activities are also popular during the July Fourth weekend. Wear life jackets while boating, swim only in supervised areas and obey posted signs.

Pay attention to weather conditions and get out of the water at the first sign of bad weather.

Alcohol doesn’t mix with boating, swimming or driving. Watch your consumption and don’t drink if you will operate any type of vehicle. Give a responsible person details on where you will be and how long you will be gone for added safety.

Enjoy Independence Day as you celebrate with family and friends. Please be safe because our nation needs each one of us to support and defend this great country.

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