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The 4th of July is always filled with excitement and fun. Many people enjoy cookouts and a variety of outdoor activities. The brilliant fireworks are the culmination of a fun-filled holiday. 

Fireworks Safety

  1. Follow Local Laws: Only use fireworks where they are legal and follow all local regulations.
  2. Supervision: Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  3. Read Instructions: Carefully read and follow all instructions on the fireworks.
  4. Keep Water Nearby: Have a bucket of water or a garden hose ready in case of fire or malfunction.
  5. Light One at a Time: Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
  6. Never Relight a Dud: If a firework doesn’t ignite, do not try to relight it. Soak it in water and dispose of it properly.
  7. Use Outdoors Only: Never use fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  8. Protect Pets: Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk of getting scared or hurt.

Grilling Safety

  1. Location: Set up your grill in a well-ventilated area away from your home, deck railings, and overhanging branches or dry grass.
  2. Supervision: Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  3. Proper Tools: Use long-handled tools to avoid burns and splatters.
  4. Check for Gas Leaks: Check for gas leaks before using a gas grill.
  5. Clean Grill: Keep your grill clean by removing grease buildup to prevent flare-ups.

Sun and Heat Safety

  1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially if you’re spending time outdoors.
  2. Sun Protection: Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, wear hats, and seek shade when necessary.
  3. Avoid Peak Hours: Stay out of the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when the UV rays are strongest.
  4. Watch for Heat Exhaustion: Be aware of signs of heat exhaustion, such as dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Move to a cooler place and drink water if symptoms occur.

Water Safety

  1. Supervision: Always supervise children when they are in or near water.
  2. Life Jackets: Use life jackets when boating or in natural bodies of water.
  3. Swimming Skills: Ensure that everyone in your group knows how to swim.
  4. Avoid Alcohol: Don’t mix alcohol and water activities, as it impairs judgment and coordination.

General Safety

  1. First Aid Kit: Have a first aid kit handy for minor injuries.
  2. Know Emergency Numbers: Be aware of emergency contact numbers and the location of the nearest urgent care or emergency room.
  3. Plan Ahead: Have a plan for emergencies and make sure everyone in your group knows it.

Following these safety tips can help ensure a fun and accident-free 4th of July celebration.

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