It's hard to believe it's the 4th of July again, but here we are – celebrating the 242nd Independence Day, and it feels great! In just a couple of days, families and friends across America will gather around the barbecue, eat, laugh and celebrate the sweetness of freedom.
Despite the joy that the 4th of July brings along with it, it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year where people get injured, cutting their celebrations short. If you want to survive this holiday with no injuries, use these 4 safety tips when you celebrate the 4th of July:
1. Check your grill before lighting it up
One of the best summer safety tips and grilling safety tips that you should also apply for the 4th of July is being careful near your gas grill. If you don't use charcoal and prefer to use a gas grill to barbecue, always check the hoses before turning on the gas. If you see any holes or cracks on the hoses, don't use the grill. Also, never grill indoors with a gas grill, make sure children stir clear away from it and keep it a few feet away from any wooden surfaces.
2. Don't change the fireworks
Despite the fact that many types of fireworks are illegal, people still use them every year, especially on the 4th of July. If you can't resist the urge to light up some sparklers, at the very least use the necessary precautions and fireworks safety tips to avoid injury and fires. Read the fireworks instructions before use, never point the sparklers at people, don't break them apart, light fireworks only on the ground, don't light more than one firework at a time and keep a portable fire extinguisher at hand. More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year, and you don't want to add to that.
3. Protect your pets
Pets, and especially dogs, can get nervous on days like the 4th of July, so it's important to practice some safety tips for pets too. First of all, make sure your pet isn't anywhere near exposed alcohol and also keep it away from the barbecue so it won't knock it over. If at all possible, protect their ears from the fireworks' noise with earphones, or hold them when the fireworks start. You should also keep an eye on your pet at all times, or make sure to rotate the role between you and other people. The 4th of July is the holiday with the largest number of pets running away from home, so make sure yours doesn't.
4. Practice outdoor safety
If you are outside during the 4th of July, make sure you and your kids have plenty of sunscreen at all times. Also, make sure to hydrate and drink plenty of water throughout the day. When it comes to child safety tips, keep an eye on your kids troughout the day, tell them not go far away from you and just in case they do, write down your name on a bracelet or any other item on their person so if they are lost, the person who finds them will call you.
The 4th of July is one of the most fun holidays in America, and if you want to make sure that you create happy memories this year with your family and friends, use the 4 safety tips that will help you do just that.