Oh she’s so excited for the fireworks, parade and annual picnic! The patriotic festivities of the 4th of July are all fun, but you are a little concerned about her safety. A mother will always worry. Its in the Mom’s Handbook. So since the 4th of July gives you extra scenarios to be paranoid about, I’ve compiled some safety tips for the holiday.
We all hope for the perfect weather on the 4th because the day is full of fun and the warm sunshine just makes it all the better. And don’t worry, I just knocked on wood! Sometimes we do have to deal with weather that isn’t what we’d hoped it would be. In fact, a few years ago it snowed on the 4th of July where I live! Mothers know how to make the best out tough situations. Kids watching the parade go by while they build snowmen is not a typical patriotic festivity but hey, pop an Uncle Sam hat on Frosty and you saved the day again!
Snow, rain, or sun any day where you’re outside for many hours, sunscreen is imperative. There are some cute patriotic outfits and hats that will help shield your little girl from the dangerous sun rays, but be sure to carry plenty of sunscreen and reapply it every couple of hours. Don’t forget those easy to miss places that really hurt when they burn like the tops of her ears and the back of her neck. Little girl skin is extra sensitive. For some more safety tips about the sun’s harmful UV rays, check out an article from last week: Sun-Safe & Stylin’
Just because you’re surrounded by water while you’re cooling off in a pool, lake, river, or ocean, doesn’t mean there is enough in you. Make sure to bring water bottles and take breaks from splashing in the cool water to drink some too! Hydration is so important, yet it’s easy to forget about until you’re thirsty. It’s not good to get to the point of being thirsty. If you’re thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated. Stay safe and drink lots of water!
Ok. It’s finally dark. Let’s do this thing!
Kids love fireworks. And it’s because fireworks are awesome. But of course explosions of any kind are dangerous and certain precautions should be taken. Whomever is in charge of lighting your fireworks this year should be a safe distance from the audience. A good 20 feet back is a good place to start. Fireworks are very bright and very loud. You’re not going to miss anything by being an extra 10-15 feet away. Safety is more important. When lighting the fireworks you should obviously not point them at anyone and they should be lit on cement, asphalt or other non flammable surfaces. Make sure you’re clear from all dry brush and grass.
An important safety tip for fireworks that is often forgotten is to never carry fireworks in your pocket. The friction can set off the fuse! Be safe with your fireworks this year and use common sense to stay safe.