6 tips to ensure you enjoy Thunder

Avoid sunburn, stay hydrated, get home safely and make great memories!

More than 300,000 spectators are expected to jam the Louisville and Indiana waterfronts on Saturday to officially kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival.

To make the most of your family’s Thunder Over Louisville experience, here are some tips for staying healthy and safe while making last memories:

  1. Save your skin. The weather is going to be sunny and warm, so be sure to pack the sunscreen. In addition to protecting against sunburn, you can use as low as sun protection factor (SPF) 30 to help reduce the risk of getting melanoma, the most dangerous — and deadly —type of skin cancer. Sunscreen is only effective when used correctly. Apply 15 to 30 minutes before heading to the waterfront, then reapply at least every two hours. Read more about sun safety.
  2. Stay hydrated throughout the day. Both kids and adults should drink water throughout the day. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Keep bottled water with you to sip on every hour to avoid dehydration.
  3. Watch where you walk. Cross streets only at crosswalks. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to make sure they see you. Law enforcement will be out trying to keep you safe, so let them help you across. Don’t duck under barricades.
  4. Keep your eyes on your surroundings. One of the biggest reasons for injuries at events like Thunder is falling. If you’re on the phone, texting or taking selfies with the spectacular fireworks, you’ll miss tripping hazards.
  5. Protect your hearing. The air show and fireworks will emit extraordinarily loud noises. Move away from speakers and consider ear protection for yourself and your children. More ways to protect your family’s hearing.
  6. Keep an eye on small ones. Kids will be excited and can easily slip out of sight in a crowd. Before you go, place a piece of masking tape with your name and phone number inside of your child’s shirt. Instruct your child to look for a police officer if he or she gets separated from you.