Safely celebrating the Fourth of July

Published | Written by Pamela Briggs

4th of July Safety Tips

Fireworks Safety
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Do not attempt to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
- Keep a water source nearby in case of fire-related mishaps.

Grilling Safety
- Place grill in well-ventilated area.
- Keep grill away from children and pets.
- Always be in attendance.

A 2013 National Fire Protection Association study found that throughout the U.S., grills were involved in 8,900 home fires, which caused 10 deaths, 160 injuries and $118 million in property damages.

Swimming Safety
- Never leave children unattended.
- Know and observe your swimming limitations and capabilities.
- Stay out of water during thunderstorms and severe weather.

Heat Illness
- Heat related illnesses and deaths are preventable.
- Stay hydrated.
- Wear light-weight, lightly colored and loose-fitting clothes.

Sports Injury and Prevention
- Ensure you are physically able to play. Adhere to restrictions a physician may place on you or your child.
- Wear all required protective equipment for the sport you intend to participate in.

According to a 2013 U.S. Air Force Safety Center study, sports were the cause of 2,468 injuries on-duty and 1,628 injuries off-duty, forcing the Air Force to spend $168 million to treat the injuries.

Long distance travel
- Ensure your vehicle is serviced prior to departing.
- Don't overload your vehicle and be sure you can see clearly out of the windows.

Motorcycle Riding
- Always wear required protective equipment.
- Be vigilant in high-traffic areas, and keep your distance.

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