Safety tips for the July 4th holiday

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

With fireworks, cookouts and lazy days at the pool within sight, law enforcement agencies are urging residents to celebrate Independence Day and the coming summer months safely.

The following are safety tips and guidelines compiled from law enforcement, travel experts and veterinarians.

Fourth of July Safety

• Do not give fireworks to children, and follow the package instructions.

• Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby while shooting fireworks.

• Light one firework at a time, do not relight “dud” fireworks and never throw or point a firework toward a person, animal or property.

• Store fireworks in a dry, cool place.

Fourth of July Pet Safety

• Do not take pets to fireworks displays.

• Do not leave pets alone in cars, even with partially open windows.

• Keep your pets in a  comfortable and quiet area during a fireworks show.

• Do not leave pets unattended outside. The fireworks may spoke the animals and they leave.

Swimming/Beach Safety

• If a lifeguard is not on duty, do not let children swim alone.

• Make sure all pool pumps are covered.

• Take frequent breaks and reapply sunscreen often.

• If a child is missing, check the pool first. Scan the entire pool, bottom and surface.

• Swim in supervised areas and never swim alone.

• If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore or tread water until you are free of the rip current.

Traveling Safety

• July 4 is the deadliest day of the year, according to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report, in part due to an alcohol-related accidents and crashes.

• Motorists should always have a designated driver or call a taxi.