The Fourth of July is a day when many people in Indiana celebrate our nation’s independence with picnics, swimming pools, cookouts, fireworks and other fun activities. While this day is generally enjoyed with family, friends and loved ones, it also poses many potential dangers. Unless certain precautions are taken to keep you and your family safe this Fourth of July, your day of celebration could quickly become one of pain, heartbreak and loss.
Do Allow Yourself Extra Time to Get to Your Holiday Destination
By leaving a little earlier than usual, you will also be less likely to speed or violate other traffic laws.
Don’t Drink and Drive
It is not worth your life, nor anyone else’s, for you to get behind the wheel after you have been drinking.
Do Keep an Eye Out for Motorcyclists, Bicyclists, Old Car Enthusiasts, Recreational Road Users and Pedestrians
Countless people will be out and about over the holiday weekend. Putting your cell phone down, avoiding driver distractions and staying alert could help you avoid causing or being involved in a serious accident.
Do Make Sure Children Have Adequate Adult Supervision When Swimming
Designate an adult to watch the kids whenever they are in or near the water.
Don’t Leave Your Grill Unattended
Set up a perimeter around your grill too. This will help keep kids and pets at a safe distance and minimize the risk of starting a fire.
Do Keep Your Food Properly Refrigerated and Free of Contamination
Food must also be kept free of contamination from outside sources. Food poisoning risks can be minimized by proper refrigeration, maintaining separate preparation areas and keeping eating surfaces clean.
Do Follow State Fireworks Laws
Failure to adhere to these laws could put you and others in danger. You may also find yourself facing costly fines or criminal charges.
Don’t Allow Children to Play with Fireworks
Even sparklers can be dangerous to kids due to the hot sparks potentially reaching temperatures in excess of 1200 degrees.
Do Stay in Well-Lit Areas and Enjoy Activities in Groups
Try to remain in well-lit areas as well. The risk of injury or harm can be significantly reduced by adhering to these two safety rules.