A highlight of summer in the United States is the celebration of the Fourth of July! Families get to spend the day together soaking in the sun and warmth, and enjoy the colorful fireworks at the end of the night. Unfortunately, amongst all the memories being made, there are many dangers parents need to be aware of. It is important to stay diligent in protecting yourself and your children during this summer holiday.
When thinking of the Fourth of July, often the most popular thing that comes to mind are the fireworks. Loud, colorful displays in the night sky seem harmless enough, and as long as you leave them to the professionals, they will be harmless fun! Make sure you know what kind of fireworks your family members or friends may be using to ensure your safety. Sparklers seem like the fun alternative for young children, but the temperature they reach can make them dangerous as well. For younger children, try using glow sticks for some nighttime fun!
Fun in the Sun
Soaking up the rays all day on the Fourth is a pretty easy, cheap, and fun way to spend the day, but it can lead to skin problems if anyone gets burnt. If you are near a body of water, the effects of the sun can be magnified. Be sure to apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater every two hours, or sooner if swimming or sweating. Wearing tight-knit clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses can help keep everyone safe from the sun’s rays, so you can have fun in the sun without the unpleasant aftermath.
Safe on the Road
Unfortunately, large get togethers and cookouts can sometimes include heavy drinking. After the festivities are over, people drive home, often under the influence. Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates that around 35% of the population indulges in an alcoholic drink on the Fourth of July. Stay close to home so that you do not have to drive, find a trusted designated driver, or ensure that there are plenty of delicious non-alcoholic drinks to keep your thirst quenched without the alcohol. Make sure your children are safely buckled in, and try to head home early to avoid people who may not be as careful to not drink and drive.
The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate this fantastic country with family and friends, with so many fun activities to take part in! Ensure that your family has a joyous and fun celebration by taking these simple steps to avoid falling into harm’s way.