Staying Safe: Tips for a Secure 4th of July Celebration


Jul 03, 2024By Katie Howe

Plan Ahead for a Safe Celebration

Planning is the key to a safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration. Start by checking local regulations on fireworks and gatherings. Make sure you have a clear idea of what is allowed in your area.

Consider the size of your gathering. Keep it manageable to ensure everyone's safety. Have a first aid kit on hand and know the location of the nearest hospital or urgent care.


Only adults should handle fireworks. Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of emergencies.

Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly. Never try to relight a "dud" firework. Soak it in water and dispose of it properly.

Protecting Children and Pets

Keep children and pets at a safe distance from fireworks. Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, so supervise children closely if they are using them.

Keep your pets indoors.   Create a safe space indoors where they can stay calm.

American patriotic puppy

Food Safety

Food safety is just as important as fire safety. Keep raw meat separate from other foods to avoid cross-contamination. Use a meat thermometer to ensure food is cooked to the proper temperature.

Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Food left out for more than two hours can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Never leave the grill unattended. Make sure the grill is on a stable surface to prevent tipping.


Stay Hydrated and Protected

Spending time outdoors means dealing with the summer heat. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol, as they can dehydrate you.

Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours. Wear hats and sunglasses for additional protection from the sun.

Pleasure boats at anchor with American flags on the  4th of July weekend Blues festival in  Portland,  Oregon

Enjoy your 4th of July celebration!  Remember to plan ahead, handle fireworks with care, and prioritize the safety of your guests.

Happy 4th of July!!!!