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Soon the 2013-2014 school year will be just a memory, and although we will not be seeing those big yellow school buses stopping to pick up children or those flashing yellow lights designating school zones alerting drivers to slow down and display caution, each of us will be experiencing many other warning signs, and each will be saying, “CAUTION, think about what you are doing!”

Who does not get excited about summer vacations and all the wonderful events we experience during this time of year? Most of us know exactly what our plans are for each day simply because during all those cold, dreary winter days, (and this past winter was extra long and cold) we had time to plan each and every event. In our minds, we know exactly how each scenario will unfold. It is at this point I must remind you once again to use CAUTION!

Consider this: all vacations seem to occur at warp speed, so why not slow down and see if you don’t enjoy those fleeting moments even more? Nobody wants their vacation memories shattered by any type of accident that causes harm or injury to another person. So, what can you do to ensure a better, safer vacation? Why not place safety high on your vacation plans?

Let’s start off with what we should consider regarding our very own safety, as well as our family! How about those harmful rays from the sun? Although sun tans look appealing, skin cancers are real and very dangerous. Possibly not this year, but rest assured that as one ages, the previous damages will eventually cost you, so why not be proactive and protect yourself from those damaging rays?

Summer also brings out other dangers, i.e. poisonous plants, insects, and snakes. There are dangers in hiking and camping, as well as in swimming, fishing, and boating activities. You should place highway safety high on your list as well. There are many safety standards for each activity I have listed and all are written because somewhere, someone got hurt or killed.

We want to ensure your return this fall, so slow down and place “safety” in everything you do. While you are planning and thinking “safety,” teach this concept to your children. You may never know whether you prevented them from getting hurt, but rest assured you will always feel good watching each child display good safety habits as each grows into adulthood.

We expect many visitors to Newberry this summer, so here at your Chamber and Visitors Center, we will be quite busy, but you can bet we have safety high on our agenda. We would enjoy meeting you, so stop by 1209 Caldwell Street in downtown Newberry and let either Liz, Michelle, or me tell you the many advantages awaiting you simply by becoming a chamber member. If you cannot stop by, call (803) 276-4274. We await your call.

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