July 4th Safety Tips

Diverse Cheerful People Celebrating Independence DayWith the 4th of July being next week people are busy planning fun activities with friends and family. Many accidents occur on the 4th of July that could have been prevented if proper precautions were taken. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind and remember to educate your children on BBQing, water and firework safety.


  1. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals
  2. Remember that most towns or cities have banned fireworks for public use. Make sure the area you’re in allows them so you can avoid a fine
  3. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
  4. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection
  5. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  6. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials


  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  2. Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area
  3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill
  4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire
  5. Use long-handled tools especially made for grilling


  1. Make sure everyone in the car is buckled up
  2. Don’t use your cell phone while driving
  3. Be well rested and give your full attention to the road and cars around you
  4. Observe all speed limits and caution signs
  5. Do not drink alcohol before or while driving
  6. Use your headlights when appropriate – at dusk and in bad weather
  7. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the road


  1. Keep alert for local weather conditions. Check to see if any warning signs or flags are posted
  2. Swim sober and always swim with a buddy in a supervised area
  3. Have young children, inexperienced swimmers and boaters wear a properly fitted life jacket
  4. Walk carefully into open waters
  5. Keep a close eye and constant attention on children and adults while at the beach. Wave action can cause someone to lose their footing, even in shallow water. Stay within arm’s reach while young children and inexperienced swimmers are in the water.


Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Jessica P.M.A.