We also complied a list of some tips on how to have a safe 4th of July.
- Water sports and fireworks are two of the biggest pastimes for Fourth of July celebrations, and these are both linked to numerous deaths and injuries each year. Never swim alone, and make sure that kids' water play is adequately supervised at all times. Many drownings occur when parents and other adults are nearby, so always have a designated chaperone for water play and don't assume that others are watching the kids. Statistics show that most young children who drown in pools have been out of sight for less than five minutes
- If fireworks are legal in your community and are a part of your celebration, be sure to use them safely. Keep the kids away from the fireworks, and keep friends at a safe distance. Attending fireworks displays organized by professionals is always safer than trying to put on your own show.
- Use alcohol responsibly. A and fireworks can be a hazardous and dangerous combination. Also, have a designated driver to bring party-goers home from the festivities.
- Lakes, waterways, and seas will be crowded with boats. Review safe boating practices, and don't drink and drive your boat. Alcohol consumption while operating boats or other motorized water vessels is illegal, and you can be arrested for a Boating Under the Influence. Be sure that you have an adequate number of life preservers on hand for extra people.
- Apply sunscreen both before and during an outdoor party. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause both premature aging and skin caner in the long term, and a painful sunburns the next day.