Safety, sunburn and courtesy lead the lists of do's and don'ts for this week's holiday festivities honoring the pioneers who settled Utah.
Spectators in automobiles or afoot near areas where July 24th parades will be held in Salt Lake City, Ogden and scores of other area communities should keep a sharp lookout for unexpected dangers.- Auto accidents: Motorists driving near Main and 900 South need to be especially careful, officials said.
- Sunburn: Shaded places are favorites for viewing the parade, but many people will be forced to line the opposite or sun-drenched side of the street in the huge crowds expected.
Skin cancer experts warn parade watchers to bring shade - an umbrella or other conveniences - and wear brimmed hats. Anything brought along should be free of sharp points to avoid jabbing or poking others.
Police have asked people to be friendly and courteous, to avoid racing or shoving others and to not create any form of panic in crowds. Kids need to be kept in sight at all times.
- Bee stings: Apply ice for bee sting swelling and seek medical attention if nausea or other symptoms develop from a sting this summer and try to avoid being stung by pesky bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets by resisting the lure to smell the flower blossoms, cautions the National Safety Council.
Also forego going barefoot in grassy, flowery areas and dress in close-fitting clothing that won't trap bugs and ants and won't offer wide expanses of bare skin to sting.
"Don't wear brightly colored clothing and sweet-scented cosmetics - perfumes and lotions," said NSC's Lydia C. Gresens of the safety council.
- Hearing damage: Are your ears ringing, or do people's voices seem muffled after you remove your radio-cassette headset?
If so, a bit of your hearing already may be gone because you had the volume knob up too loud, warns the National Safety Council, Chicago, Ill. Serious or permanent hearing loss often occurs this way.
There is a safe way to soak up your favorite sounds or music - just keep the volume no higher than four on your headset's 1-10 knob.
Simple, isn't it?
Besides, others around you often hear what may be objectional sounds because your earphones blare far too loud while pulsating your poor eardrums.
A good test of the volume is noticing whether you're unable to hear people near you speak in a normal tone of voice. If you can see their lips moving and can't hear them, your headset is too loud. You may need to see a doctor when others' voices still seem muffled to you after removal of your headset.