As one of our nation’s biggest holidays draws near, there are some important safety precautions to be aware of.
- If your city or town allows fireworks, be sure they are far removed from ALL people of ALL ages. Sometimes it is easy to forget that Grandma and Grandpa cannot move fast should something go awry in your display. Toddlers find the colors and sounds extremely beautiful or they are horrified. Better safe than sorry and make sure one responsible adult is with family and friends of these age groups at all times.
- Grills and campfires stay hot even when they’re out! That’s right. Be sure to remind guests of all ages that this well-used tool is very hot…at most times!
- Windows are open…kids are near! Never expect young children to understand the potential danger windows can be. Again, err on the side of caution and keep them closed when you can’t keep a constant eye on them.
- Smores sticks can be dangerous! This may seem super silly, but reality is, those things can be pretty sharp! When the campfire is done and the marshmallows are put away, just put those sticks away with them.
- Make sure a lifeguard is always on duty! Again, this seems like a given, however, as pools and beaches get crowded and friends and family draw near, it’s easy to forget there are people of all ages of all different swimming abilities are cooling off. Just be sure one responsible adult keeps watch on them all…
Make this holiday a special one for all! May the outdoor fun, memories and love for our country be a constant reminder of what being with friends and family is all about.