Outdoor Safety Tips for Fourth of July Fireworks and Barbecues

Independence Day BBQs give you a chance to host a gathering with your friends and family and show off your incredible backyard space. But, as fun as Fourth of July celebrations can be, you also need to prioritize safety on this holiday which is very prone to accidents. Take a look at some of our expert tips on how to stay safe this Fourth of July. 

Practice Grill Safety

You’ll probably be grilling at some point over the 4th of July holiday, so make sure you’re following BBQ best practices to keep yourself and your guests safe. This means keeping all children and pets a few yards away from the BBQ while you’re grilling, and only using your grill outdoors. 

You may do some rearranging of your backyard area to accommodate more guests or firework viewing. But, you still need to keep your grill at a good distance from your home, deck railing, or other structures for safety. 

Use long-handled tools and accessories while grilling like tongs, spatulas, and wire brushes to prevent any possible burns. Never leave the grill unattended while in use, and always open up the lid before you light it. 

Be Smart with Fireworks

Be aware of what the local guidelines and laws are regarding firework use in your area, and be sure to adhere to these rules. Only use legal and approved fireworks for your safety and the safety of others. 

If you do purchase fireworks for use on the 4th of July, thoroughly read through and follow the instructions included on the packaging. As a reminder, light fireworks in a clear, open area away from buildings, trees, and dry grass to prevent possible fires. Along with this, you should have a hose or bucket of water handy nearby to use in case of an emergency. 

Make sure any spectators are kept at a safe distance, and supervise all children to keep them away from lit fireworks. When you’re done, dispose of all used fireworks properly by soaking them in water before tossing them out. 

If you have pets, you’ll want to keep them indoors during the fireworks displays to help prevent stress and anxiety. Check to ensure the identification tag is secure on their collar should they get lost during the festivities. 

Sun and Heat Safety

The 4th of July comes right at the height of summer, so temperatures tend to be high on this beloved holiday. Apply sunscreen and regularly re-apply every few hours to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. 

You can also consider wearing protective clothing and accessories like hats and sunglasses to keep yourself protected from the sun. This also means you should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages at some point. 

Enjoy the activities in your backyard, but take frequent breaks in shaded areas or air-conditioned spaces to help your body cool down. Be mindful of heat-related illnesses, like heat stroke and exhaustion, and know how to spot it in yourself or others so you can seek medical attention if necessary.