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Fourth of July safety measures


The Fourth of July holiday is less than a week away so now is the time to think about the safety essentials for you and your family as you enjoy some time off.

To help ensure a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Safety Council and Ready.gov each offer proper safety measures for heat, fireworks, water and severe weather.

Heat Safety:

  • Temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s for the Fourth of July weekend. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual weather-related deaths.
  • If you choose to be outside during high temperatures, drink plenty of fluids, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and apply sunscreen.
  • Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related conditions and how to treat them.
  • Visit the Ready.gov website for more information on heat safety.

Thunderstorm Safety:

  • There is an increased chance for thunderstorms on the Fourth of July weekend, so it is important to remember that when thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Make sure you have emergency plans in place if severe weather occurs.
  • Visit the Ready.gov website for more information on lightning and thunderstorm safety.

Fireworks Safety:

  • The National Safety Council recommends enjoying public fireworks displays conducted by professionals and not using fireworks at home. Find a local Fourth of July celebration to attend.
  • If you choose to buy and use fireworks at home, only use them away from people, houses and flammable material, only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding them.
  • Avoid sparklers and consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
  • Visit the National Safety Council website for additional information on fireworks safety.

Water Safety:

  • When out on the water, wear life jackets and other appropriate equipment. Check that all equipment is in working condition prior to heading out and ensure that equipment is worn properly.
  • Exercise proper judgment when on the water, as situations and weather can turn quickly.
  • Visit the National Safety Council’s website for additional information regarding water and boating safety.