Fireworks, Franks, and First Aid: Staying Safe this Fourth of July!

Sparklers, barbecues, and sunshine - essential safety tips for the festivities.

Reid Doughty

7/2/20232 min read

yellow, red and blue fireworks
yellow, red and blue fireworks

Hello, Safety Superheroes!

As we're approaching the time of year when the sky lights up with magnificent hues and the scent of barbecued delights fills the air, we wanted to have a friendly, festive chat. That's right - we're talking about the Fourth of July, a celebration known for its fireworks, picnics, parades, and patriotic spirit. But amidst all the fun, let's not forget about safety! After all, a truly spectacular celebration is a safe celebration.

1. Firework Finesse: Let's start with the most luminous spectacle of the Fourth - fireworks! While they're a joy to watch, they should be handled with care. Always follow the local laws, maintain a safe distance, and ensure there's a responsible adult present. Remember, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professional public display!

2. Grill and Chill: Who doesn't love a good Fourth of July cookout? To keep it safe, make sure your grill is properly cleaned and situated at a safe distance from your home and overhanging branches. Also, never leave your grill unattended and have a fire extinguisher, or hose handy. (Because wasting that ice-cold drink is a travesty!) Safe grilling equals happy eating!

3. Hydrate to Celebrate: July is synonymous with heat! So, while you're busy enjoying the festivities, remember to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle handy and don’t forget to apply and reapply sunscreen!

4. Be Water Wise: If you're celebrating by the pool or at the beach, remember to watch everyone in the water and ensure that young children and inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

5. Master of First Aid: Accidents can happen even when we’re having fun. That's where your first-aid knowledge kicks in. From dealing with small cuts or burns from the grill to recognizing signs of heat stroke, your first aid skills can save the day.

Remember, the Fourth of July is all about celebrating our freedom and enjoying the day with our loved ones. As Safety Superheroes, we have the superpower of ensuring everyone can enjoy the day safely! So, as you prep for your celebrations, keep these safety tips in mind.

Stay safe and have a blast this Fourth of July! Here's to a celebration filled with parades, picnics, and the peace of mind that comes with safety. Happy Independence Day, Superheroes!

Remember, your first aid skills aren't just for saving the day, they're for making every day a safer celebration!