Celebrating Independence Day is a cherished American tradition that is the perfect occasion to gather with family and friends for some summer fun. While this 4th of July might look a little different than years past with the COVID-19 epidemic we are experiencing, staying safe while you are having fun is still very important! These safety tips cover a few key summer topics to keep you and your family safe this holiday.
SPARKLER AND FIREWORKS SAFETY
- Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
- Never point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they are being lit.
- Fireworks should only be lit on the ground and in areas that are dry, fire resistant, and clear of trees and power lines.
- Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.
- Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
- Always have a water hose or bucket of water handy. A fire extinguisher is also great to have on hand.
- If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them. Douse them with water then throw them away.
- Dispose of all firework materials by soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
WATER ACTIVITY SAFETY
- Always review safe boating practices before going out on the water and check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
- Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
- Be aware of your surroundings- the July 4th holiday attracts a high volume of boaters, so be sure to be alert at all times and aware of other boats, swimmers, water skiers, kayakers, etc.
- Make sure your boat is in good condition and has all the required safety equipment. Make sure you are ready for an emergency situation or to help others if needed.
- Be alert to water conditions, such as water depth and currents. Make sure novice swimmers use flotation devices and children have chaperones.
- Check the weather before departing. Also pay close attention to sudden changes in wind and water conditions.
- During daylight hours, protect yourself from excess exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
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