4th of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner, which means a three-day weekend, fireworks, BBQ and sunshine! While all of that is great, it’s important to remember the importance of having a SAFE holiday weekend. With the help of the Red Cross, we’ve put together some simple tips for making sure the whole family has a fun and enjoyable weekend.

Highway Safety

MILLIONS of people take to the roads over the Fourth of July weekend. Not surprisingly, police officers typically see a drastic increase in drunk and reckless driving over holiday weekends. These simple but effective tips will help keep you and the family safe while traveling:

  • Buckle up!
  • Observe speed limits
  • Never drink and drive
  • Devote 100% of your attention to the road – don’t text and drive
  • Use extra caution in work zones
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help with visibility
  • Use your headlights as dusk approaches and during inclement weather
  • Always pull over if you need to text or make a phone call

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a huge part of Fourth of July weekend and the best way to enjoy them is to attend a public fireworks show (like the one at City Park!) put on by professionals. However, if you DO choose to get sparklers for your party, follow these safety tips:

  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never throw or point a firework towards a friend, animal, vehicle, structure or flammable materials

BBQ Safety

Hamburgers, hotdogs and BBQ chicken are pretty much Fourth of July staples but every year, people are injured while using charcoal or gas grills. If you’re hosting a party or manning the grill, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Never grill indoors (this includes the house, camper, tent or other enclosed areas)
  • Make sure everyone (pets included) stay away from the grill
  • Keep the grill a good distance away from your house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire
  • Use long-handled tools, specifically made for cooking on the grill


We hope you have a fun and safe long weekend but if an emergency does happen, Pediatric Urgent Care is open on Monday, July 4 from 10am-4pm if you need them.