Fourth Of July Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is near, and soon many will be celebrating with family and friends. Usually, this holiday is celebrated with backyard barbecues, fireworks, having fun in the water and many other outdoor activities. Although this is a fun weekend during the summer, it’s important that everyone is taking steps to stay safe!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an estimated 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2018. On top of that, there are also many car, boating and swimming related accidents that happen as well. Below, we detail some 4th of July safety tips to keep you and your family safe during your holiday celebrations.


Firework safety

Especially for young children, it’s important that you take these 4th of July safety steps to stay safe while around fireworks this Fourth of July!

  • Watch firework displays from a safe distance
  • Never give young children fireworks unsupervised
  • Never point fireworks towards people, animals, cars, buildings, or other flammable materials
  • Always keep a supply of water closeby
  • Never relight a “dud”
  • Only light one firework or firecracker at a time
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place that is out of reach of children and pets
  • Consider wearing eye and ear protection while lighting off fireworks
  • Only use fireworks that are legal in your state or area


Water safety

The Fourth of July is often celebrated around the pool, lake or river. Be sure to use these 4th of July safety tips to keep you and your children safe while swimming and boating!

Pool tips

  • Keep young children close while swimming, within arms reach
  • Use ladders and steps when getting into the pool, rather than diving or jumping
  • Monitor children when walking near the pool
  • When out of the pool, do not run
  • Make sure you are familiar with the entire pool

Lake tips

  • When on a boat, children and adults should always wear life jackets
  • Do not consume alcohol while on a boat
  • Always swim with a friend or family member
  • Never dive from bridges or boats
  • Be cautious of water and weather conditions. Leave immediately after seeing lightning or hearing thunder
  • Pay attention to other boats and swimmers


Grilling tips

Grilling fires amount to more than 10,000 home fires per year. While grilling out for family and friends this Fourth of July, use these tips to stay safe! 

  • Never grill indoors or in an enclosed area such as a tent or camper
  • Always supervise your grill when in use
  • Keep grill away from your house and other flammable objects
  • Use long-handled tools while grilling to avoid accidental burns
  • Keep children and pets away from your grill while in use


As you gather with friends and family this Fourth of July to celebrate our country’s independence and nationhood, it’s vital that you are taking precautions to keep you and your family safe. Use these tips to ensure everyone stays safe while celebrating!

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