4th of July Safety Tips
The sun is out, the kids are out of school, and work has given you a holiday. It’s the perfect time for barbeques, swimming, and fireworks. All of those things come with certain risks. Keep your holiday fun by avoiding risks that could cause injuries. Plan for accidents, and have emergency kits ready to go just in case. Being proactive will help make a bad situation less traumatic, and can save the day. Always keep a clear head, and remember to appoint a designated driver–even for house parties.
- Fireworks Are Serious: These fantastic spectacles are so beautiful and awe inspiring, but they aren’t something to be taken lightly. They are made with gunpowder and other chemicals which are intended to explode. It can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Only those who have an understanding for the dangers of these explosives should use them. It’s best for adults who have prior experience to be in charge of the fireworks display. If you want to learn, then work alongside someone who has been around fireworks for a while. Don’t drink any alcohol, or be under the influence of any other mind-altering drug while setting off fireworks. Have a clear head, and be alert.
- Douse Used Fireworks in Water: Once the fireworks go off, part of the cartridge is left over. Pour water over any part of the firework that remains or lands in the field. This will help prevent any forest fires, or house fires.
- Be Mindful of Where the Fireworks Will Land: Before you start lighting the fuses, look to see where the firework debris will land after it explodes. Be familiar with the type of fireworks that you have. Some spray wide, and others go up in a straight line. Know what kind of fireworks you are working with before you light them. Aim the fireworks to go off over a vacant space or field. That way, there is little chance of injury or fire.
- Keep Water Nearby: While you are putting on the fireworks show, always have a big bucket of water nearby just in case. A gust of wind could knock your firework over. To put it out quick, grab the emergency water and throw it on there so that there aren’t any accidents.
- Never Swim Alone: Whether you are swimming in the pool, a river, a lake, or any other body of water–you should never swim alone. Make sure someone is nearby and that they know the location. It’s best to go with someone who is a good swimmer in case of an emergency.
- Supervise Children Even With Swimmies: Many parents throw a pair of swimmies on their kids and consider the child safe. Swimmies are not a sufficient babysitter. Always keep your eyes on your child while they are near water. Swimmies help keep the upper body floating, but it doesn’t mean that there face can’t touch the water. There are many kids who topple over and can’t pick their heads up out of the water.
- Look At Weather Reports: The summer is a time for pop-up thundershowers. Where there is thunder there is always lightening. Water is a great conductor of electricity. Lightning is pure electricity that chooses its victims at random. Stay out of harm’s way by avoiding any water for 30 minutes after the last boom of thunder was heard or the last strike of lightning was spotted.
You can have fun in the sun, and by taking precautions, you can make sure that the fun never stops. Fireworks and water are great fun, but they also come with certain risks. Respect their power, and keep everyone around you safe while the party is going on.