Have Fun In The Sun . . . But Be Careful While You Do

May 24th

Well, we made it! It’s Friday, and the beginning to Memorial Day Weekend.  I’ll be doing a special Memorial Day edition on Monday, but please remember, while you’re out enjoying yourself camping, cooking out, having parties and picnics, what this day is truly all about.  Remember those who gave their lives in service in our military so that we could enjoy the freedoms that we have today.


Don’t Fry Day – The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared the Friday before Memorial Day, May 24, 2013 to be “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage Sun Safety Awareness.  This is an important reminder to protect your skin while enjoying the outdoors.  There is no single step that can fully protect you from overexposure to UV radiation,  so try to follow as many of these tips as possible:

*  Do Not Burn or Tan
*  Seek Shade
*  Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
Generously Apply Sunscreen
*  Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
*  Get Vitamin D Safely

This weekend is usually the first truly warm weekend when so many are outside doing sun related activities, and the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases.  Skin cancer is on thee rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.  This is so sobering!  I had no idea the numbers were that high!  This year alone the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.  Fortunately, if it is found early, skin cancer is highly curable, and is preventable. 


Heat Awareness Day – As we get into the hot weather, and we’ve already experienced a few extra warm days around here where I live, we get into the time of year where the interior of vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very rapidly. In just ten minutes, a vehicle’s interior temperature can rise 19 degrees.  In one to two hours it can rise 45-50 degrees.  That means that it can reach deadly temperatures in minutes.  Children’s small bodies heat up 3 to 5 times faster than an adults.  It is NEVER safe to leave a child or a pet unattended in a car, not even for a minute.  A total of 560 kids have died from heat in cars in the United States since 1988.  An examination of media reports about 559 child vehicular heatstroke deaths 1998 through 2012 shows the following circumstances:

52% – child forgotten by caregiver
29% – child playing in unattended vehicle
18% – child left intentionally in vehicle by adult
1%   – circumstances unknown

Some parents have reported that they were outside of their regular routine, put a sleeping baby into its car seat and went to work and just forgot to take it to daycare.  I know that this must be heartbreaking, but I just cannot fathom forgetting my child in the car.  However, just to be sure, it has been recommended to put something the backseat that you absolutely need at the office – your cell phone, briefcase, etc. so  you are sure to have to reach into the backseat.  Same issues with pets – if it is hot, and you aren’t taking your pet outside of the car with you, then just don’t take the pet with you!  It might be sad to be left at home, but it is better for it to be sad for a little while, and alive, than with you and dead of heat.  I cannot imagine what a horrible death that would be.  If you see a child or a pet left unattended in a vehicle in the heat, call 911.  Emergency personnel want you to call, they are trained to respond to these situations.   I have actually observed both children and pets, left in the car during horrible heat, with the window barely cracked.  I did call 911, and stayed with the car, prepared to bash out a window if need be to save that child or pet’s life.  The response time in both instances has been astonishingly fast.  It was probably a good thing that the police were present to confront the mother or pet owner, because I’m fairly certain if I had given a piece of my mind things would have gotten ugly.

First U.S. Telegraph Line – The first officially telegraphed words, on May 24, 1844, by Samuel F.B. Morse were “What hath God wrought?”.  The message was sent from the U.S. Supreme Court Room in Washington to Alfred Vail in the Mount Clare station of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co.   This advancement in telegraph technology made communication over long distances simpler, more accurate and paved the way for the telephone.  What a long way we’ve come!


National Wig Out Day – This is a fun celebration!  In 2006, two sisters – Kate & Alice Clark declared this to be National Wig Out Day.  They inspired the residents of Bellingham, WA to go to work wearing all types of crazy wigs, and after work they gathered  downtown for a big party.   What a spontaneously wonderful thing to do! 

Food Celebration of the Day

It’s National Escargot Day – Have you ever tried escargot?  It really wasn’t on my bucket list of foods to try.  As a matter of fact, it would have placed very low on the list . . . perhaps as far down as worms, liver and oysters.  A couple years ago hubby and I went on a cruise, my first (and hopefully not my last), and it was one of the choices on the dinner menu.  I thought, why not?  It wasn’t like I had to pay extra for it . . . and if I didn’t like it there wouldn’t be a lot of guilt over letting waste.  Shockingly, it wasn’t bad!  Not something I’d order again necessarily, but I survived the experience and even enjoyed it a little bit.  Celebrate today by giving it a try!  Tip – smothering them in garlic and butter really goes a long way to getting them down.

As you head out for your holiday weekend, remember a few things . . . enjoy your family . . .enjoy the nature God has placed around you . . . and spend a moment in gratitude for the veterans this weekend.  They gave so much, so you could have this time to enjoy.  Please respect them by remembering the reason for this holiday.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.


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