9 TIPS FOR A SAFE FOURTH OF JULY PARTY

It doesn’t get any better than a Fourth of July party. The best thing about these parties is that they happen during warm weather, and they feature lots of fireworks and barbecues.

If you plan to host the 4th of July party in your backyard, you should take the necessary safety precautions. Make sure children are under control when going to the pool or using any equipment. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray when you go outside. These are some essential tips to ensure that you have an amazing 4th of July party.

1. ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU USE THE GRILL.

You never leave the grill unattended. Use a long handled spatula to add coals to the grill or to remove them. Protect your hands by wearing leather gloves. Never add lighter fluid to an open flame. Keep children and pets away from the hot grill. Make sure the flame doesn’t get out of control. Keep your grill away from garages, homes or other structures that could lead to a gas buildup.

2. CAUTION! BE CAREFUL WHEN USING FIREWORKS!

“Fireworks are always the best part of any 4th of July party,” but they are very dangerous. Make sure the fireworks are stored safely away from the house, pets, people and flammables like shrubs or trees. Don’t throw fireworks at people or your pets. Light one firework at a time and have some water ready. Don’t try to relight duds. Any children handling fireworks should have adult supervision. Also, you should be cautious when choosing the types of fireworks for children to use. However, once you do this, they are great for the celebratory mood. To make your 4th of July extra special, add some patriotic light-up stuff to the fireworks!

3. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU ARE NEAR THE POOL OR THE WATER

It’s not a good idea to leave small children unsupervised around any body of water. Make sure there is always someone nearby who can respond immediately if there is a problem. Never assume that someone else is looking after your children.

You need to supervise the children at the pool. Don’t get distracted by the party and forget to check the children. It could happen to anyone. Always have an idea where the children are if there is a pool in your backyard. Have a rule that no one should swim alone so that both children and adults have supervision when going into the pool. Don’t rely on float toys to keep your kids safe. Children can drown even with a lot of people nearby. Warn adults who have been drinking to stay away from the pool to avoid drowning.

4. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR DOG

Most pets, especially dogs, are very sensitive to loud noises and terrifying sights. Before you light the fireworks, check to see your pets are properly secured in their carrier or crate. If you are having the party outdoors, keep them in the vehicle with the windows rolled up and give them plenty of attention and reassurance it’s okay. You might consider using a compression vest to prevent anxiety.

5. SUPERVISE ALL OUTDOOR PLAY

You should be checking on the children playing outdoors. If they’re on the trampoline, make sure they jump one at a time and check the temperature of the playset. Before the party, you should check the condition of the playsets and replace and repair any worn out or damaged equipment.

6. PRACTICE SAFETY WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Make sure that all of your food is covered so that it doesn’t get bugs or food poisoning. If you are eating outside, don’t leave the food out for too long because it might get too hot thus making your guests sick. Note that, on a 90-degree day, it’s easy for potato salad to become unsafe in an hour.

If you’re having a party outside and you have a grill, be sure to keep the coals and grate supervised and cook foods thoroughly. A meat thermometer is invaluable.

7. DON’T GET DRUNK! 

It’s important for adults to be responsible when consuming alcohol. Keep it away from children and pets. Be sure your guests are sober before letting them leave, and always have a designated driver or place for guests to sleep if they are too inebriated to get home.

8. USE SUNSCREEN AND BUG SPRAY

If you are going to be outside in the sun, you need to make sure you are prepared with your SPF, your bug spray and your mosquito netting. Your guests should do the same. You don’t want anyone to get sunburned or bitten by an insect. It’s important to remember that even when it’s cloudy, you still need to use sunscreen, bug spray and mosquito netting.

9. STAY HYDRATED

To avoid getting dehydrated, drink lots of water and other clear liquids. Adults should alternate water and alcohol for proper hydration, and kids should drink plenty of water to stay properly hydrated. If possible, have electrolyte-fortified drinks such as Pedialyte or Powerade available.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

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