Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day

Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day
It’s nearly the 4th of July! For many families, this means it’s time to celebrate a safe Independence Day! There are a few extra considerations for safety this year. Social distancing is still critically important, even though many local governments are opening community pools and restaurants.  In this blog post, let’s talk about a few ways to have a happy and safe Independence Day.

Firework Tips for a Safe Independence Day

When it comes to a safe Independence Day, there are definitely a few key aspects to keep in mind. Quarantine or not, a lot of us will be dealing with fireworks and pools. For this reason, let’s take a look at some safety tips for each of these subjects.

First, here are some key fireworks tips that will help ensure a safe Independence Day:

  • Follow the included directions on any and all fireworks.
  • Don't alter your fireworks or combine them to make larger explosions. For example, don’t build “genies” or strap bottle rockets together. That’s a recipe for disaster.
  • Don’t build your own fireworks. Homemade explosives are a very big risk.
  • Always remember to keep water and fully charged fire extinguishers close at hand.
  • Alert spectators to keep their distance. At times, fireworks can be unpredictable.
  • Don’t light fireworks on uneven ground. To lessen the possibility of a misfire, only light explosives on a smooth, flat surface.
  • Avoid alcohol and other drugs! These substances can affect your judgment. If you’re lighting fireworks, make sure to remain totally sober.
  • For better protection, wear safety goggles.
  • Don’t assume that an unexploded firecracker is a dud. Instead, wait 20 minutes. If it still doesn’t ignite, soak the “dud” in a bucket of water. Once this is done, carefully dispose of it.  Never re-light an unexploded firecracker.
  • Additionally, soak any left over fireworks in water before disposing of them. It will greatly reduce your risk this Fourth of July.

Additionally, don’t forget your cat or dog’s safety. Animals are often terrified by the sound of exploding fireworks. If fireworks are exploding near your home, be present to soothe your pets by petting and showing them plenty of love.

Kiddie Pools and Safety

Okay, so assuming you’re not hosting a big pool party this year, chances are high that you may have a kiddie pool or two set up. During the COVID-19 epidemic, sales of kiddie pools have shot through the roof. That’s great, since these little pools are a, effective way to cool off. That said, parents shouldn’t be dismissive of the potential dangers these pools pose. According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it takes 60 seconds for an adult to drown. It takes even less time for a child to drown.  This means that if there is enough water to cover a child’s mouth and nose, the danger can quickly become fatal. Leaving kids unsupervised in kiddie pools for even a few moments can spell tragedy. Above all, adults should practice active supervision even when the danger seems remote.

Everyone Should Renew CPR Certification

In the event of a drowning, CPR can save lives. Once every two years, be sure to renew your CPR certification. Performing CPR is not like riding a bike. It’s a very precise technique. These classes keep your life-saving skills fresh in your mind, making them more useful in an emergency. Recertification will show you the right actions to take during an emergency. This skill can help you to save a life and have a safe Independence Day! CPR is an extremely helpful skill. If a child does drown in the kiddie pool, those first moments are critical. Knowing exactly how to handle the situation can be the difference between life and death.

Toys Are Not Flotation Devices

Pool toys and swimmies may seem fun, but they are not a substitute for a proper United States Coast Guard approved life jacket. A certified life jacket offers maximum protection for anyone on the water. Just be sure that the life jacket is properly secured on your little ones.

Perfect Party Companions: Alarms and a Pool Fence

If you’re having people over, it can be easy to lose track of your children. For a safe Independence Day, you’ll want to install layers of security against drowning. A momentary loss of attention can bring fatal results. Believe it or not, 86% of drowned children are discovered fully clothed.

To help prevent drowning, it’s important not to rely on a single safety measure. Instead, add multiple layers of protection. Install alarms on your doors and windows. Additionally, consider adding a submersion alarm to your pool. These devices sound an alert once your little one dips under the water. Finally, a self-locking pool fence can block off the water are from your curious little ones. Together, these methods can limit the danger significantly.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day, everyone!