Fourth of July Safety Tips – Summer is in full swing, and we’re ready to celebrate the 4th of July. But safely. Don’t let injuries or accidents put a damper on your Fourth festivities.
Stay cool and follow these tried-and-true fireworks, grill, and water safety tips for a fantastic July 4th!
Fireworks Safety Tips
The National Fire Protection Association is opposed to consumer fireworks use, which causes thousands of injuries and fires each year. For the record, we agree with them! However, if you’re going to light up a few fuses, do so carefully.
- Always follow local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Never attempt to make fireworks or to modify consumer fireworks.
- Never point aerial fireworks (such as legal bottle rockets) or non-aerial fireworks (such as sparklers) at yourself of others.
- Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that a free from flammables and are fire-resistant.
- Do not use fireworks if your location is under a drought warning or fire restrictions.
- Do not use fireworks in windy conditions.
- Light one firework at a time.
- If a firework doesn’t ignite or malfunctions, do not attempt to reignite it. Douse it with water and dispose of it safely.
- Have a fire extinguisher and a hose nearby.
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
Grill Safety Tips
We love a good 4th of July BBQ as much as the next American, but we’re not huge fans of crispy fingers. Here are a few FEMA-sanctioned grill safety tips:
- Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.
- Open your gas grill before lighting.
- Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in the trays below your gas or propane grill to avoid starting a grease fire.
- Declare a three-foot “kid and pet-free zone” around the grill to keep them safe.
- Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.
Water Safety Tips
If you’re lucky enough to show your patriotism on a boat or poolside, follow these essential water safety tips:
- Follow safe boating practices.
- Wear life vests.
- Don’t consume alcohol while driving a boat.
- Carefully supervise children and young swimmers.
- Have a first aid kit on board or near the pool.
Tips for Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses
In most parts of the country, July is one of the hottest months of the year. Don’t ruin your Independence Day celebrations with a nasty case of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Remember, heat-related illnesses are entirely preventable!
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.
- Keep your cool with a wide-brimmed hat.
- Move the festivities indoors if it gets too hot.
- Have plenty of water available for your guests.
- Set up outdoor fans or cool rooms for your guests to relax.
- Make sure everyone’s taking advantage of the sunscreen you’ve provided.
Have a happy, safe, and healthy 4th of July!