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Keeping safe on July 4th

Use sun screen if you plan to be outside.
Use sun screen if you plan to be outside.
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Independence Day is right around the corner and with it come barbeques, trips to the beach and pool and, of course, fireworks. Although the 4th of July is an enjoyable holiday, it is also one that can be quite dangerous. Every year, scores of accidents occur and hospitals are filled with people who have somehow failed to remain safe during the festivities.

Fireworks are beautiful but they can also be extremely dangerous.
Fireworks are beautiful but they can also be extremely dangerous.
Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for Red Bull

Generally, the 4th of July is a holiday that is associated with heat. Sun tan lotion and sun glasses are absolute necessities for anyone who is venturing outside and it is vital to drink lots of water in order to avoid dehydration. For anyone who is going to a pool it is best to be mindful of the depths and, if you are not a strong swimmer, do not go in over your head. If you are heading to the beach do not go into the ocean unless you are comfortable with the waves and the tide and always be mindful of the lifeguard’s warnings.

Barbeque is delicious but it can also be dangerous. If you are having a BBQ with small children in tow it is important to keep them at a safe distance from the grill and the charcoal. Every year Emergency Rooms see many BBQ burn victims so it is important to be just as cautious around this piece of cookware as those in your kitchen.

Yet, by far, the most prevalent kind of 4th of July accidents comes from fireworks. Although fireworks are very beautiful, they can also be incredibly dangerous. Every single year Emergency Rooms are filled with firework-related injuries and some of them are quite severe (in numerous incidences amateur firework handlers have managed to literally blow off their fingers, toes, or even hands). Hence, there have been many restrictions put on the sale of fireworks and for good reason—professionals know how to handle fireworks properly and safely. To decrease the risk of accident civilians should only watch firework shows, not conduct them.

Despite the possible hazards associated with the 4th of July, as long as everyone is mindful of safety and makes an effort to protect themselves from harm Independence Day should be very enjoyable and happy occasion indeed!