South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
July 4th Safety Tips
The 4th of July is one of the biggest family days of the year. People like to kick back, enjoy barbecues and fireworks display. Unfortunately, many people end up in emergency rooms. Whether it's from drinking, home fireworks gone wrong, or potato salad gone bad, people find themselves sick or injured.
If you follow a few simple tips, you can avoid rushing to the emergency room.
- Be careful with fireworks. They aren't toys, but many parents give their children fireworks to play with on the big day or event before it arrives, which is why many are rushed to the hospital each year.
- Never light fireworks near dry grass or other flammables.
- Light one at a time and keep a safe distance from it.
- Never point of throw fireworks at anyone.
- Have a bucket or water and a hose handy.
- Never attempt to re-light or fix fireworks.
- Don't wear loose fitting clothing when you're dealing with matches and fireworks.
- Consider your child's safety when buying fireworks. You must also supervise your children very closely. Those under the age of 13 should not be allowed to light their own fireworks.
- Take care of your pets. Each year, pets die of heatstroke because their owners are caught up in the festivities. Think about the conditions. Is the weather too hot? Will the fireworks scare your pet? Will you be able to supply your pet with water throughout the day?
- Serve foods at the proper temperature. Wash your hands before making dishes like potato salad, and always remember the advice, "keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold."
- Drink responsibly and be sure your guests do the same. Don't let people, who have been drinking, light fireworks.