7 Ways To Have A Safe Fourth Of July


The Fourth Of July is a great holiday that conjures up images fireworks (of course!), marching bands and grilling up hamburgers and franks for the whole family. To keep the activities going in to the night, please follow these 7 tips to having a safe and fun Independence Day.

Fireworks Safety1. Only adults can light fireworks.

According to U.S. Fire Administration, children under the age of 15 account for 40 percent of the estimated injuries due to fireworks.

2. Never relight a "dud" firework.

Instead wait 20 minutes and dunk the firework in to a bucket of water and discard.

3. Sparklers should be supervised, especially in the hands of children.

Younger children often lack the physical coordination to handle fireworks and should be supervised when using sparklers.

4. Have a designated fireworks lighter.

Intoxication reduces reaction time and physical coordination, so instead appoint the designated driver to also light the fireworks.

5. Stay hydrated (sorry, alcohol doesn't count).

As the temperature rises, heatstroke is a legitimate concern for children and older adults, especially. Keep cool water on hand at all times.

6. Have ample sunscreen and sun protection.

Whether watching the local parade or hanging by the pool, take refuge from the sun and apply sunscreen to keep from getting burned.

7. Keep the pool safe.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1,500 children drown each year in the United States. Never leave a child unsupervised and flotation devices are never a substitute for supervision. For more tips and information, visit www.poolsafely.gov.


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