- The Hawk & Tom Show

July 3, 2019

The FOURTH OF JULY is upon us, and we want to make sure you know everything there is to know about the FOURTH..

Obviously fireworks are the BIGGEST SAFETY HAZARD, and you've gotta wear lots of sunblock if you're outside all day....here are four hidden hazards to think about this weekend:

1.  Dehydration.  Some of the early signs are dizziness, fatigue, and nausea.  So drink more water than normal, and catch some shade every now and then.  Also, alcohol suppresses a hormone that helps you retain water and it stimulates your bladder and makes you pee more.

2.  Ingredient-induced burns.  Also called phytophotodermatitis.  (fyto-foto-derma-TYTUS).  Lime juice on your hands reacts with sunlight, and can cause bad blisters that won't show up for a day or two.  It can also happen with mangoes, carrots, and parsley.

3.  Food poisoning.  Stuff that's refrigerated shouldn't be left out for more than two hours, or if it's over 90 degrees, just one hour.  Keeping stuff like raw meat in a cooler with ice is a good idea, and also make sure nothing's too undercooked.

4.  Heatstroke.  If you feel nauseous, have a headache, or get cramps, it's time to find some A/C, drink water, and maybe take a cold shower.  If you're confused, can't walk, or have trouble breathing, it's more serious.  Call 911, or go to the E.R.

(NY Post / Healthline


Here are a bunch of STATS and NUMBERS about the FOURTH that you can whip out at your cookout:

1.  61% of Americans own an American flag....but most of them weren't made in America.  We import $5.4 million worth of American flags from China every year.

2.  People around the country eat approximately 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

3.  The Fourth of July is the number one BEER-DRINKING holiday in the U.S.  We spend approximately $1 BILLION on beer for tomorrow....plus another $568 million on wine.

4.  There are more than 16,000 fireworks shows on the Fourth of July, which cost a total of more than $1 billion.  Oh, and around 870 people go to the emergency room in fireworks accidents every year....and there's an average of eight fireworks deaths.

5.  And finally, there were 2.5 million residents when the United States became an independent country in 1776.  There are 131 times more people living here now....approximately 327.2 million.



And finally.....here are the TOP TIPS for having a great FOURTH OF JULY:

- Remember what the day is all about:  Creating a great "And that's how I lost these two fingers" story to share with your grandkids.

- Take the time to remind your kids about the Founding Fathers and all they endured to....kidding, wolf down hot dogs and beer until you puke.

- Remember to celebrate your American patriotism by purchasing fireworks made in China.

- Limit explosions at your party to just fireworks by not serving burritos.

- Play lots of cornhole....or bean bag toss, because saying cornhole sounds dirty.

- Remember to respectfully honor the flag....while wearing a flag speedo and holding a flag beer koozie.

- Wear earplugs.  Not so you don't hear fireworks....so you don't hear your in-laws.

- Avoid potato salad that squirms.

- Be patriotic.  Greet your party guests wearing only a red, white, and blue Speedo.

- Before cooking hot dogs, Google your brand for salmonella recalls.

- Find out what your wife and kids are doing for it, and do the opposite.

- If you host a party, avoid declaring independence from pants.

- Have an ice chest ready.  Not for drinks, but in case you blow off your fingers with fireworks and need to transport them to the hospital.

- When you "ooh" and "aah" at the fireworks, keep it family-friendly.

- Play DJ Khaled music for your dog....that way the sound of fireworks won't seem so bad.

- And please don't poop in the pool.  Hahaha!!!

We hope you and your family and friends have a fun, safe FOURTH..   We love you.

- The Bee Crew