The 4th of July is a great holiday to have summer fun. With that said, you need to be extra careful so that kids don't get hurt. Whether that means keeping kids away from fireworks or being careful on the water, you can keep kids safe on the 4th of July.
1. Keep Kids Away From Fireworks
First things first. Fireworks should only be handled by those old enough to be responsible. You never want children to light fireworks, not even bottle rockets or sparklers. All fireworks should be lit by an adult. Even sparklers should be kept out of the hands of small children that don't understand that the sparks can hurt. When fireworks are being lit, keep your children far away from the area and keep a hold of them so they aren't tempted to run over to the lighting area.
2. Apply Sunscreen Throughout the Day
You want to apply sunscreen throughout the day. If your kids are going to be outside for long periods of time for special events or a family cookout, apply sunscreen every two hours. If your kids are playing in the water, you want to read reviews and choose a sunscreen that can withstand the water.
3. Watch Kids Closely at Events
It can be so easy for small children to wander off. If you're visiting special events, keep a hold of your children so that they don't wander off. You may even want to consider a child carrier for smaller children. These are better than strollers because you can better maneuver through crowds.
I'll never forget the time that we were waiting for our city fireworks and we lost one of the young boys in our group! We found him safe and sound eventually, but it was really scary (and I wasn't even his mom!).
4. Stand Guard Over the Grill
The grill can be an important part of your celebrations. However, you want to make sure that you don't let kids close to the grill. Not only can it be easy to get burned, but some grills are easy to tip over. Make sure that your kids are in an area away from the grill and that you stand watch over the grill when the kids are close by.
5. Be Careful on the Water
Last, but not least, be careful if you plan to spend time on the water. You want to make sure your kids have life jackets on if you're on a boat and that you apply sunscreen often. You also want to set rules about running and roughhousing while on board. And, if you're at the pool, be sure to keep a close eye on your kids to make sure they're safe.
The 4th of July can be a wonderful holiday, but you need to work a bit harder to keep the kids safe. Whether that means standing guard over the grill or applying sunscreen throughout the day, you can keep kids safe.