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Jun 28, 2019

Safety Tips for a Spectacular 4th of July

Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July? It’s the perfect day for grilling, hanging by the pool and celebrating our country with family and friends.

While Independence Day may be associated with parties and having a great time, this holiday also poses a lot of serious safety hazards. As you’re making plans for your annual summer celebration, keep these safety tips in mind to ensure you have the best Fourth of July yet!

Be extremely careful when using fireworks

Fireworks are a classic Fourth of July tradition but, when handled carelessly, can pose a serious safety risk and cause severe injury. If you’re thinking about using fireworks in your Fourth of July celebrations, first find out if purchasing fireworks is legal in your state. Most small, handheld fireworks (officially categorized as “sparkling devices”) are allowed in most of New York State; however, even sparklers are prohibited in some counties in and around New York City.

If you’re living in a state where larger fireworks, such as rockets, are allowed, follow extreme caution when handling and always keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction.

Practice safe grilling habits 

Keep this one in mind all summer long! Avoid potential home fires by practicing safe grilling. Top tips include always keeping your grill clean, grilling away from your home, and making sure that your clothing does not dangle above the grill. And, as always, keep a fire extinguisher at the ready.

Be mindful around the pool

There is nothing better than hanging out by the pool on a hot summer’s day – except maybe a Fourth of July pool party! Whether it’s your own personal pool or your friend’s, remember to always practice caution around the water. Stay hydrated and always keep a mindful eye on children.

Don’t forget the SPF

Most people plan on spending the majority of the day outside, enjoying the summer weather. Before heading out the door though, remember to put on sunscreen and set a reminder on your phone to reapply every few hours.

Keep your pets comfy

While you may love being out in the sun all day, the family dog may not. During the summer months, it’s important that your pets always have enough water and access to shade to keep them from becoming dehydrated or overheating. Also, while you may be eager to bring them to the local fireworks display, you might want to consider leaving them home instead. Dogs’ sense of hearing is significantly stronger than humans, and the loud noises caused by fireworks can cause them discomfort and trigger stress.

Be wary of food safety

If you’re entertaining, be mindful of how long food will be sitting out for guests to enjoy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), perishable foods should only be left out of the refrigerator for two hours. After that, food should be discarded to prevent food-borne illness caused by bacteria.

Drive smart

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July is the most dangerous driving day in the United States. This is the result of several different factors including driving drowsy, driving while intoxicated and an increase in traffic.

If you’re traveling to celebrate the holiday and plan on having a few drinks, remember to choose a responsible designated driver that will help you get home safely. If you’re entertaining, keep an eye on guests and make sure no one leaves without a sober driver.