Published: Jul 03, 2014 10:55 AM EDT

Fourth of July should be a day of fun and celebration, but it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year.  Dr. Annette St. Pierre-MacKoul discusses how to keep your day safe and fun.  

Fireworks:  Leave to the experts. Many places to see them. No excuses for having them at home.

Transportation:  Don't drink and drive. Plan ahead. Designated driver or walk. Be cautious on the road. Watch out for distractions, like fireworks.

Food Safety:  Barbecue safety - fire and children. Store food properly to avoid food poisoning. Serve food at the proper temperature.

Water Safety:  Life vests on boats.  Drive responsibly. Watch children in pools. Water safety rules very important.

Sun Safety:  Hydrate Sunscreen Insect repellent 

Pet Safety:  Pets are very sensitive to noises. Often scared with fireworks. Safe/quiet place for dogs, especially.

ER Visits:  More than 7,000 people each year.

Fun and Safe Activities:   Old time games - sack races, ball on spoon, crafts, Declaration of Independence, fun facts about July 4.