Before the fireworks start or the parade begins, take some time to think about Fourth of July safety, especially if you have kids. The potential risks depend on how you spend your Independence Day. Take a cautious approach no matter how you celebrate this July.
Do your 4th of July plans include a parade? Keep your child safe before the first float comes by. Keep her back from the road. Have her pick up only the candy that is near her at the edge of the street. Watch your child at all times during the parade so she doesn’t get too close to the floats and other parade entries.
Opt for a community fireworks show that is put on my professionals and supervised by firefighters. Respect the boundaries set up by those putting on the fireworks display so you don’t get too near the spot where they set them off.
If you do choose to set off legal fireworks at your home, set them off in an area free of debris or long grass. Keep all observers back from the light off point so no one is injured. Never all a child to hold or light fireworks.
Sparklers and other small items are often used with kids. If you let a young child use a sparkler, help her hold onto the end so she doesn’t touch the hot end. Have a can of water to put the used sparklers in so they cool down. Never let the kids drop them on the ground where someone could step on them. Keep all lighters and matches out of reach of the children.
If your 4th of July plans take you to a community festival or fair, you’ll need to take precautions to keep your child safe. Keep her close to you throughout the fair. Talk to her about what to do if she gets separated from you. Point out safe adults she can ask for help, such as a security guard or person at an information booth.
Spending the day outdoors? Keep your child safe in the sun. Keep her in the shade when possible. If the area isn’t shady, bring large shade umbrellas you can set up. Pack lots of cold water to stay hydrated. Take breaks from the sun and heat periodically so your child doesn’t overheat.
For adults, the Independence Day celebration might include alcoholic beverages. Make sure at least one adult stays sober to adequately supervise any children under your care. Keep anything with alcohol in it away from the kids and in a spot they can’t access.
Many people head to the beach or pool to celebrate the 4th of July. Water is fun for kids, but it can also be very dangerous. Supervise your child constantly around water. Remind her to stay in a safe area of the pool.