Sparks Will Fly for the 4th of July: Top 4 Tips on How to Stay Safe

Whether your 4th of July celebration will involve fireworks, grilling, or going to the beach, we have a list of easy-to-follow safety tips for you.

Top 4 Safety Tips for a Responsible Holiday Celebration

1. Grilling Safety:

  • Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when using a grill,
  • Keep the grill away from anything that could catch fire: your house, deck, trees, etc.,
  • Never grill indoors,
  • Never leave a grill unattended when in use,
  • Make sure everyone stays away from the grill,
  • Use tools specifically designed for grilling to stay safe while cooking,
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

2. Sun Protection:

  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,
  • Wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 50,
  • Wear protective sunglasses that will absorb 100 % of UV sunlight,
  • Wear a hat or stay in the shade as much as possible.

3. Heat Protection:

  • Stay indoors during the heat wave,
  • Don’t forget to drink plenty of fresh cold water regularly, and drinks with electrolytes when possible,
  • Wear a ventilated, protective hat, and watch for signs of a heat stroke: red/hot skin; rapid, weak pulse, and shallow breathing,
  • Get the first aid kit ready for any emergency situation, regularly check the expiration date of your medical supplies, and discard the expired ones.

4. Fireworks Safety:

  • Both OSHA and FEMA are urging people to remember to take fire and burn safety precautions when celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks: OSHA.gov
  • Download OSHA Poster: Fireworks Safety

Check out our previous blog post on fireworks safety: Learn to Be Safe: Responsible 4th of July Celebration Tips.

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