The 4th of July is a time to have fun and enjoy hanging out with friends and family, but it can also be a dangerous experience. While celebrating our nation’s independence is certainly important, it’s also important to remember to consider safety at all times. Whether your kids are five or fifteen this Independence Day, there are a few ways you can ensure that your kids stay safe and have a fun 4th of July experience this year.
First off, make sure each child stays hydrated. The 4th of July is one of the hottest holidays of the years, so it’s even more important that kids stay full of liquid. Not only will this prevent dehydration, but it will also prevent heatstroke. Consider offering bottles of water along with soda at your cookout. If your little ones are busy running around, consider giving each kid a canteen or a refillable water bottle they can carry around throughout the day. Make sure kids drink water at the top of each hour. You can also offer a sport’s drink, such as Gatorade, if you prefer.
Next, remind your children that fireworks can be deadly. While some fireworks, such as sparklers, are generally okay for younger kids to use, always explain to your children how to be safe. For example, make sure your child puts out the sparkler and disposes of the stick properly. Never have a child simply toss it on the ground as this can light nearby grass on fire or poke someone in the foot if they inadvertently step on it.
Finally, always have each child wear sunblock. Reapply several times throughout the day. If your kids are especially prone to burns, a fashionable hat can also help reduce the risk of sunburns.