For millions of American’s the July Fourth celebration of our nation’s independence includes cookouts, splashing at the pool or beach, and enjoying dazzling, colorful firework displays.
Whether you’re traveling out of town or keeping your celebration local, it’s important to take a few moments to know some common Fourth of July safety hazards and how to ensure that you and your family stay safe.
Swimming Safety Tips:
If your Fourth of July plans include swimming in the pool or ocean, make sure you, and your family, have certain safety plans in place.
- – Always keep a watchful eye on everyone in the water- don’t assume other people are watching the kids
- – Make sure your children know basic water safety tips before letting them swim
- – Never swim alone
- – Know where “throawable” flotation device are located
Grilling Safety Tips:
A cookout out wouldn’t be complete without burgers and hot dogs, but to be sure nothing (or no one) gets burned, here are a few tips for grilling safety.
- – Make sure your grill is a safe distance away from your home and deck railings, and out from low hanging branches
- – Keep children and pets away from the grill area
- – Never leave your grill unattended
- – Only use your grill outdoors
Firework Safety Tips:
Fireworks are a great way to celebrate the holiday, but they can be dangerous. Leave lighting them to the pros. Inexperience with fireworks is an easy way to get burned or worse.
If fireworks are legal in your community, know how to store and use them safely:
- – Keep kids away from fireworks at all times and spectators at a safe distance
- – Never use fireworks indoors
- – Know your fireworks and read all instructions and caution labels before lighting them
- – Always have water handy to douse a fire
- – Soak spent fireworks in water before throwing them away
- – And most importantly: Obey local laws! If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
When using sparklers:
- – Always remain standing.
- – Never hold a child in your arms.
- – Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
- – Never throw sparklers.
- – Sparkler wire and sticks remain hot long after the flame has gone out.
- – Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
- – Teach children not to wave sparklers or run while holding them.
General Safety Tips:
- – Lakes, waterways and oceans will be crowded with boats. Know safe boating practices, ensure everyone has a proper fitting life jacket, and never drink and drive your boat.
- – Apply sunscreen constantly
- – Cover and store food outside properly. Covering your food will help keep insects at bay. Decrease your risk of food poisoning by properly storing your food and throwing it away if it has been sitting outside in the heat for more than an hour.
- – Drink plenty of water. Drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after time spent in the heat will decrease your risk for heat-related illness.
Becoming knowledgeable about safety measures will help make the holiday more fun for everyone involved.