Fourth of July Holiday Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is a time we enjoy getting together and celebrating the holiday with family and friends.  It is also a time for increased accidents and fatalities, so be careful and remember these safety tips:


Safe Driving:


Don’t drink and drive, it’s that simple.

Avoid distractions like cell phones, no texting!

Buckle up!

Obey speed limits


Water Safety:


Alcohol and watercraft don’t mix

Everyone wear a lifejacket

Be on the lookout for people or obstacles in the water

Keep alert for changing weather conditions

Get away from water and go inside if you see lightning


Grilling Safety:


Keep grill away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire

Supervise the grill at all times and keep children and pets a safe distance away

Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals are lit

Check gas grills for leaks before use


Hot Weather Safety:


Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and avoid alcohol

Watch for signs of heat stroke – hot, red skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; loss of consciousness


Fireworks Safety:


Only adults should handle fireworks (even sparklers can reach 1800°F)

Wear safety goggles when lighting

Never try to re-light a “dud”

Keep a bucket of water on hand and douse used fireworks and duds

Keep pets inside that might be frightened and run away

Also, be mindful not to disturb close neighbors.  In Alabama, it is illegal to ignite fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, church, public school, or an enclosed building. 


In short, just use good common sense and especially keep an eye on children.  Everyone have a safe and happy Fourth!