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.