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Fourth of July special 2017

Safety doesn’t take a holiday!

Tips for a safe Fourth of July Holiday

Firework safety

  • Fireworks case an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
  • Sparklers cause 16 percent of the fireworks injuries
  • Sparklers are hot and can cause third-degree burns.
  • Fireworks cause many injuries each holiday and thousands of burns each year.
  • Be safe. If you want to enjoy fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  • Don’t purchase fireworks.
  • Don’t use consumer fireworks.
  • Keep children closely supervised at events where fireworks are used.

Boating Safety

  • Always wear a life jackets to set a good example for your kids.
  • EVERYONE on the boat should wear a life jacket.
  • Insist that your child wear a life jackets approved by the US Coast Guard and that it fits snuggly so it can’t slip off over the child’s head.
  • Never use water wings or other inflatable swimming aids as substitutes for a life jacket.
  • Never drink alcoholic beverages while boating
  • Complete a boating safety course.
  • Have your boat inspected for safety once a year for free by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons (www.uscboating.org)
  • Make sure there is a working carbon monoxide detector on any motorboat to alert your family to any buildup of toxic fumes from the engine.
  • When a vessel is underway with children under age 13 years old, they must be wearing a life jacket, unless below deck or in an enclosed cabin, on some waters this requirement may vary. Boaters are encouraged to check with their respective state boating authority regarding these requirements.

Water Safety

  • Learn infant and child CPR.
  • Keep your phone charged and handy in case of an emergency when your kids are in the water.
  • Sign your children up for swimming lessons when they are old enough (age 4), and make sure the class is taught by a certified water instructor. Be sure the class teaches the kids to tread water, float and how to swim out of a current.
  • Remember swimming lessons don’t make a child “drownproof.”
  • Only swim in areas designated for swimming.
  • Don’t allow children to dive in natural bodies of water. Dive only in pools that are at least 9 feet deep.
  • Teach your kids the difference between swimming in a pool and open bodies of water like an ocean, lake or river. Open waters can have currents, undertow and hidden hazards.
  • Always wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket any time your kids are in or near bodies of water or participating in water sports.
  • Always keep your eyes on your children in the water and stay close to them when they are in or near a body of water or pool. Give them your undivided attention.
  • Appoint a “water watcher” taking turns with other responsible adults to watch children near or in the water.