Summer is in full swing with the arrival of 4th of July, which means it’s time for sparklers, parades and a glorious long weekend with your friends and family. Not only do I want you all to enjoy yourselves, I want your family to be safe, so I culled the best tips to keep your kiddos (and pets) protected while they have fun. Have a fabulous holiday everyone!
At the Parade:
~ Crowds can create confusion. Of course, we’re always hyper conscious about having our children at our side, but in the event someone gets out of our site for a moment, there should always be a meeting spot. Make it a public place that’s super easy to locate and remember. Quiz (in a fun yet important way) that your children know that spot – and that you’re sure they do. Also, especially if your children are young, make sure they know your cell phone. Quiz, even make up a little tune with your cell number, just be sure they know it by heart so it can easily repeat it, if needed.
~ Create a buddy system between your children and their friends. Buddies always make sure the other buddy is there…if not, go get a mom – ASAP.
~ Sad to say, but do not eat candies thrown from floats. You really don’t know who is doing the throwing. And most candy is simply not healthy. There are lots of fabulous and healthy choices for sweets and you and your family can enjoy them, back home or you can bring them with and enjoy at the festivities.
In the Pool:
~ Make sure that an adult is always keeping an eye out even if there are lifeguards. Take turns with the other moms. Never just rely on lifeguards. There can be many children at the pool and, simply, too many for the lifeguards to appropriately watch.
~ Remind children to stay away from pool drains and pipes.
~ Remember that a child who isn’t moving in the pool could be a drowning child. Drowning isn’t usually accompanied by thrashing around, but by stillness.
~ When using sparklers, make sure your kids are always standing. Don’t hold your child and allow them to hold a sparkler. You can both get burned. Don’t allow your kids to throw, run or wave sparklers when holding them.
~ Make sure that the kids are far away from the people who are setting fireworks as they’re often unpredictable and can launch in the wrong direction.
~ Never try to relight a firework that isn’t working as it can immediately blow up. Wait 20 minutes to even handle it and then put it in a bucket of water.
~ Keep your hose on with the sprayer turned off, so it’s ready for emergencies.
~ You can call your local authorities if neighborhood fireworks become a M-80 show or anything else you feel is dangerous.
At the Grill:
~ Create a fun perimeter around your grill with a little white fence. Make it a no-kids or pets zone.
~ Clean your grill more than once to avoid any greasy fires when cooking a large amount of food. But keep a big jug of water by the bottom of the grill for emergencies.
~ Make sure there’s always an adult around a hot grill. If you have to leave it ask another adult to stand watch.
~ If someone else’s firework remains land in your yard then throw them in a bucket of water to soak before you throw them out, so the trash isn’t set on fire.
~ Do a walk around your backyard the following morning and throw away any remnants of fireworks or a party. To avoid any possibility of your child picking them up or your dog eating them.
For Your Pets:
~ While fireworks may be fun for people, the loud, unexpected sounds of fireworks cause a lot of stress and anxiety for our furry friends.
~ Keep them indoors at all times. If you or your neighbors are doing home fireworks, a curious pet could run toward a lit firework or run away from the loud bang.
~ Make sure your pet has up-to-date tags and a microchip in case they are lost.
~ Don’t allow your pets around that glow jewelry your kids love. The inside causes stomach irritation and could create intestinal blockage if ingested.
Here’s to a Happy and safe July 4th and holiday weekend!