As we celebrate summer’s first official holiday, try to keep these safety tips in mind. Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!
Grilling Safety Tips
- Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches and a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a three-foot “kid-free dog-free zone” around the grill.
- Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately.
Swimming Safety Tips
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. A designated “Water Watcher Adult” can help identify a responsible adult to keep an eye on kids in the water at all times.
- Teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner every time.
- Swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but are not appropriate to be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- A large portion of boating accidents each year involve alcohol consumption by both boat operators and passengers. To keep you and your loved ones safe, it is strongly recommended not to drink alcoholic beverages while boating.
- Make sure your children have the appropriate clothing and gear. Camps will often send a required packing list. Follow it. The right gear will help your campers stay safe.
- Give your children a few first aid basics such as when to use a bandage, what a tick might look like and how to spot poison ivy.
- Teach kids not to play with matches and lighters and keep a bucket of water and a shovel near your camp fire. It’s important to supervise children around an open flame.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: BE AWARE OF THE TEMPERATURE TO AVOID ‘HEAT STROKE’. ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY OF FLUIDS AVAILABLE AND INSIST THAT YOUR KIDS ARE DRINKING THEM!!