The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country with family and friends, sport the red, white, and blue, and enjoy the summer weather that comes with it. Make your holiday weekend memorable by staying safe during all of the festivities!
10 Fourth of July Safety Tips
Use fireworks safely. Keep children away from all fireworks, sparklers, etc. and keep all spectators at a safe distance of the explosive celebration! The best way to stay safe is to attend a community event where professionals are conducting the firework show. It is less risk of someone getting hurt, less time consuming, and less money being spent on your end.
Drink responsibly. It is no doubt, a time to celebrate. However, police officers are on high alert during Fourth of July weekend to ensure drunk driving does not take place. Assign a designated driver or make sure you have nowhere else to be.
Be safe around water. Whether you’re boating, swimming in a pool, or heading to the beach, being responsible around any bodies of water is important. Never swim alone. Never swim while under the influence of alcohol.
Cover all outdoor food/beverages. You may not have thought twice about this, but Fourth of July parties that take place outdoors are a different party for bees, wasps, and other bugs. Keep your food as protected as possible so as to avoid any bug bites that can seriously harm someone!
Apply sunscreen. You may not be swimming or tanning, but chances are the sun will be ablaze. Coat your kids and yourself with sunscreen to keep you safe from burns!
Take proper camping precautions. Camping for the holiday weekend? Stock up on bug spray and proper clothing to keep you safe from what can attack in the wilderness (those tree branches will get you)!
Drink plenty of water. It is important to stay hydrated, especially if you are outside all day. Did you know that the risk of heat-related illnesses is increased when partaking in sports or other strenuous activities? Alcohol consumption will also increase your likeliness to become dehydrated. Keep plenty of water around!
Keep children away from campfires/grills. These sources of heat make for a great Fourth party (grilling and s’mores are the best), but they can also be very dangerous. Keep your kids away from these heat sources as best as possible.
Don’t leave food/drinks out all day. The heat will surely take over your perfectly fresh food and create foodborne illnesses. The FDA recommends that food/drinks not be left out for more than one hour in 90°F heat or more than two hours in other hot temperatures.
Simply, drive safely. It may seem like common sense advice, but getting to whatever festivity you’re attending doesn’t require that you be in a rush. Unsafe driving during a holiday weekend when many vehicles are on the road puts you and others at risk.
Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!
Last modified on July 1, 2014.
Published by Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., L.P.A.