Here are some common-sense Fourth of July safety tips that apply to both kids and adults:

1. Attend public fireworks displays: Instead of setting off fireworks at home, consider attending a public fireworks show organized by professionals. These displays are typically safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

2. Keep a safe distance: If you do plan to use fireworks at home, make sure to keep a safe distance from the fireworks. Follow the instructions provided on the packaging and maintain the recommended distance.

3. Supervise children: Always have a responsible adult supervise children around fireworks. Children should never handle fireworks or sparklers on their own.

4. Only use legal fireworks: Ensure that the fireworks you use are legal in your area. Illegal fireworks can be unpredictable and dangerous.

5. Follow the instructions: Read and follow the instructions provided with the fireworks carefully. Ignite them in open areas away from buildings, trees, or any flammable materials.

6. Have a water source nearby: Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of accidents or emergencies. This can help extinguish small fires or cool down spent fireworks.

7. Be mindful of pets: Fireworks can be distressing for pets. Keep your pets indoors in a secure and comfortable area during fireworks displays to prevent them from running away or getting injured.

8. Grill safely: If you plan to barbecue, follow proper safety precautions. Keep the grill away from structures, trees, and other flammable objects. Never leave the grill unattended, and ensure it is fully extinguished after use.

9. Stay hydrated: July Fourth is often a hot day, so make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, especially if you’re spending time outdoors.

10. Use sunscreen: Apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outside during the day.

11. Use bug repellent: If you’ll be in an area with mosquitoes or other insects, use insect repellent to prevent bites.

12. Be cautious around water: If you plan to swim or participate in water activities, follow water safety guidelines. Swim only in designated areas, use life jackets when necessary, and supervise children near water at all times.

Remember, common sense and caution are key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration. By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.  That way you’ll stay healthy and happy and ready to return to classes when they start again Tuesday, August 8th at the Eagles Community Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Stay safe.  Enjoy your holiday and summer break.  We’re already looking forward to seeing you back in the Fall.