Posts for: June, 2017
The Fourth of July: a wonderful day where we celebrate all the freedoms that America has to offer, including the freedom to light up the sky with our colorful explosions of fireworks. However, it’s important to know what fireworks you are allowed to set off and how to stay safe around them.
Ohio law prohibits the use of personal fireworks except those classified as novelty and trick items. These include “(1) Devices that produce a small report intended to surprise the user, including, but not limited to, booby traps, cigarette loads, party poppers and snappers; (2) snakes or glow worms; (3) smoke devices; and (4) trick matches.” Anything larger that is purchased in the state of Ohio must be taken out of the state within 48 hours. But of course, there are many people who don’t research this kind of thing and go ahead and shoot off their own large fireworks anyways. So for those people, here is a list of basic safety tips:
- Always read the label and instructions for ignition before lighting your fireworks
- Always have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of fire
- Never mix alcohol and fireworks, save it until after the festivities
- Never try and make your own fireworks
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, even for the small legal fireworks
- Never bring your pet to a fireworks show, they will thank you for that
- This one should be obvious, but…Always use fireworks outdoors in open areas away from people, buildings, and cars
- Always dispose of used fireworks properly including soaking them in water overnight and placing them in metal (not plastic) trash cans away from combustible material
Celebrating our freedoms is an important reminder of what it means to be an American, but it’s usually best to leave the explosions to licensed professionals while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. See below for a short list of Central Ohio fireworks shows and Happy Fourth of July!
· Dusk: Columbus Symphony Patriotic Pops, 160 S. High St., Columbus
· 10 p.m.: Olentangy Summer Bash, Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center
· 10 p.m.: Pataskala Fourth of July, Foundation Park, 10255 McIntosh Rd., Pataskala
· Dusk: Central College Church Freedom Celebration, Central College Church, 975 S. Sunbury Rd., Westerville
· Dusk: Heath Star-Spangled Celebration, Geller Park, 480 Cynthia St., Heath
· 10 p.m.: Granville Independence Day, Wildwood Park, 799 W. Broadway, Granville
· Dusk: Morrow County 4th of July, Morrow County Fairgrounds, 195 S. Main St., Mount Gilead
· Dusk: OSU-Newark/COTC Concert and Fireworks, Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre, 1179 University Dr., Newark
· 9:45 p.m.: Reynoldsburg 4th of July, Civic Park, Daugherty Drive, Reynoldsburg
· 10 p.m.: Columbus Red White & Boom, near the Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus
· 10 p.m.: Whitehall July 4th Fireworks, John Bishop Park, 4920 Etna Rd., Whitehall
· Dusk: Delaware Fourth of July, public viewing along Henry Street and Ohio Wesleyan University practice fields
· Dusk: Marysville Independence Day, Union County Fairgrounds, 845 N. Main St., Marysville
· Dusk: Ostrander Fourth of July Celebration, downtown Ostrander
· Dusk: Plain City July 4 Celebration, Pastime Park, 344 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City
· Dusk: Sunbury Independence Day Celebration, Big Walnut High School, 555 S. Old 3C Rd., Sunbury
Being a dad is hard work as any father will tell you, but it can also be dangerous work! The average parent sustains 22 injuries per year. Let’s take a look at a couple of common parenting injuries and how we can avoid or treat them…
When I think about the most painful injuries I could sustain in my living room, the thought of stepping on a Lego sticks out as the worst. Small toys underfoot can cause pain, cuts and bruises, and accidental falls. Luckily avoiding these is as easy as cleaning up (easier said than done usually). Consider an easy option such as a toy mat that keeps small pieces from going everywhere and can slide out of the way or fold up when not in use. For larger toys, a laundry basket works great for a quick pick-up and easy transportation. If you just can’t avoid the mess, make sure you don’t walk through the room in the dark to avoid any surprises underfoot.
This category of injuries is a varied as the sports our dads teach us to play. Whether it’s tossing a ball in the backyard to help your little one start JR softball or running around the field with your teenager trying to keep up with her soccer drills, dads play lots of sports and that leaves them open to lots of injuries. Luckily, there are a few general rules of thumb that will help you avoid injury no matter what you happen to be doing. First, remember you aren’t that age anymore and sometimes you may not be able to keep up. No worries, your kids understand and are probably just glad you’re helping anyways. Second, be prepared. Stretching before exercising is crucial, as is wearing the right equipment for it. If your kid needs special basketball shoes to support his ankles as he jumps for a 3-pointer, maybe you should wear some too. Using common sense can be an easy way for dads to avoid a sports injury and make sure they can keep playing with their kids for years to come.
You may be thinking my kids are all grown up so I don’t have to worry about that stuff, right? Wrong. Aging can do any number of things to our health, especially after the active years of raising kids. Maybe those years left you with a constant pain in your heels or a stress fracture you used to write off as the pain of being a parent. Take care of these issues now. Taking care of existing problems now will help lessen the number of issues aging can bring on. As we say, healthy feet and ankles are the foundation of an active lifestyle. If you want to be sure you can keep up with your grown kids for years to come, it’s a good time to start taking care of your feet now.
Being a dad can certainly have its pains, but your kids appreciate every minute of it…or at least they probably will when they get older and look back on it. Give your father a big hug this Sunday and make sure you don’t step on his toes or knock his noggin while you’re doing it. Happy Father’s Day!
Will you be glued to the television tomorrow night for game 4 of the NBA championship series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers? Last time these two teams played, I was on the edge of my seat watching one of basketball’s greatest players, LeBron James, take down his rival, Stephen Curry.
LeBron became Ohio’s hero in 2016 after he led the Cavaliers to their first NBA Championship victory ever and the first victory by a Cleveland major league sports team since 1964. He did so in size 16 tennis shoes. Size 16! Let’s take a look at what that really means…
A size 16 foot in inches is 12.3” from toe to heel. That’s an entire ruler plus more! The average men’s shoe size is 10.5, which translates to about 10” long. I know what you’re thinking, 2.3” can’t make that much of a difference, but in basketball it really can. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons. Those bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons all work seamlessly together to create movement and power when we walk and run. Now imagine having 2.3” more of these, how much faster and stronger we would be! That’s why LeBron is amazing and when I cheer for him tomorrow, I’m going to be cheering that those size 16 feet lead us to victory.
Well, we’ve done it. We made it through Memorial Day weekend which means the next few months can officially be called Summer. Summer means different things to everyone. For some it’s a chance to relax by the pool, for other’s it a time to be active outdoors. No matter what your definition of summer is, you need to have the proper footwear. Let’s take a look at some common summer activities and the appropriate shoes for each occasion…
Around the pool:
It may seem silly to think of shoes at the pool, but protecting your feet is always important. Even if it’s just a pair of flip-flops, make sure you wear shoes anytime you are on the pool deck to protect from fungus-laden puddles that can lead to athlete’s foot. While you’re in the water you don’t need shoes, right? Not exactly. For just floating or playing around no shoes are necessary, but for activities like water aerobics or water running, you’ll want a pair of supportive water shoes and I don’t mean the discount store shoes. You can find good water shoes at a sporting goods store, swim store, triathlon store, or scuba shop.
At the beach:
No one wants to wear shoes at the beach, but you need to at least drive there and get from the parking lot to the sand, right? So shoes are inevitable. I would suggest a slip on shoe (like FitKicks) or a lightweight running shoe with mesh. Your feet are protected on all sides from the hot sand as you set up your towel, but they’re easy to pull back on once you’re done washing your feet to head to the car. Flip-flops are not recommended since they provide no coverage and little traction on wet surfaces.
These activities may seem related, and they are, but there are definitely better shoes for each of these separately. If you’re just going walking, pick a sturdy tennis shoe that is made for walking; if you’re going running, pick a shoe that is labeled good for runners. It seems simple, but with the bright colors luring you in, fashion can sometimes outweigh function during shoe shopping. Stick to your plan and make sure you’re getting the right thing. There are also specific shoes made for hiking and trail running. It’s best to find these at sporting goods stores or specialty stores such as REI. Trail-running shoes provide better traction and hiking boots provide more support over varied terrains. Get the right thing from the beginning or you may end up visiting us later.
There are too many summer activities to list, but many kids participate in sports and need proper footwear for each one. Sports played on courts (basketball, tennis) need shoes that support the ankle and lateral movements better than a running shoe, which is made for shock absorption and cushioning. Sports played on fields (soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, etc) require cleats. Cleats are designed to “grip” the ground, but there isn’t just one kind of cleat. Cleats for baseball and football have a toe cleat (under the tip of the shoe) that is used to push off for sudden acceleration. Soccer cleats can’t have this feature because of the potential contact with other players and resulting injury. Make sure you’re getting the right ones for your activity.
No matter what you like to do in the summertime, make sure you are remembering your feet and picking the best shoe for your activity. It makes a difference.