4 Ways to Stay Safe on July Fourth

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July fourth is a time for fireworks, fun and food. As you enjoy gathering with friends and family, it’s important to stay mindful of potential hazards. Here are some ways you can stay safe during your July 4 celebrations.

1 - Take extra precautions around fireworks

In 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 9,700 injuries and nine deaths related to fireworks.  Many of these injuries were caused by sparklers, which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Take the following precautions to stay safe:

  • Never allow children to ignite or play with fireworks (including sparklers).
  • Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire or other incidents. 
  • Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.​​​

2 - Practice grilling safety

Choosing where you grill is one of the most important ways you can stay mindful. You should always grill outdoors and keep the grill at least 10 feet from your home or away from anything that can burn. Always supervise the grill and make sure everyone stays away, especially children and pets.

3 - Consider water safety

When it’s hot out, you might find relief in the pool. However, pools present their own safety hazards, especially for children. Make sure you talk to children about water safety. You can visit redcross.org for some great video resources that help you explain water safety to different age groups.

You should designate a specific person to supervise people during water activity. If you use a kiddie or inflatable pool, after each use make sure to drain the water and flip the pool over.

4 - Stay cool

Extreme heat is affecting many across the country. These conditions can cause serious health problems, especially for those unable to access air conditioning, those who cannot adjust day-to-day activities despite the heat and older adults who are more suspectable to heat illnesses. You can stay cool by following these suggestions.

  • Do not stay home alone during a summer power outage. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider going somewhere that does, such as libraries, museums or shopping malls.
  • Seek cooling options. If you don’t have access to air conditioning, contact your local office of emergency management or try entering your zip code at www.211.org to find a community cooling option near you.
  • Know the signs of heat-related illnesses and how to respond if you suspect you or someone else is suffering.
  • Use awnings or curtains to keep the heat out. Roughly 40% of unwanted heat buildup in our homes is through windows.
  • Checking on neighbors, family and friends. Not everyone has the same access to resources and information as you do. Your check-in can help save a life.

​​​​​​​For more information, visit Ready.gov/summer-ready.

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