Mind and Body: Tips for a safe Fourth of July

The Fourth of July, the holiday of the summer that most children look forward to during school vacation, is near.

To encourage safety with your children during this potentially dangerous time of year, it is good to set a few rules for children to abide by while watching and setting off fireworks.

Here are just a few ideas for you and your family to follow to have a happy and safe holiday.

— Start out by looking for an appropriate space or area big enough for lighting fireworks. Clear the area of any outside sources of possible damage like cars, houses and other property.

— Stay away from grass, straw, hay or any other flammable beds. Be sure to look for a gravel or concrete area for safe lighting and residuals.

— Have adults or responsible teens be the only ones allowed to light fireworks.

— Remember alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated lighter.”

— Watch out for animals.

— Do not use homemade or illegal fireworks.

— Watch and feel for changes in wind direction while lighting fireworks to prevent back fire or getting burned. Use long matches to prevent fingers burning.

— Never relight a “dud.” Wait 20 minutes and then soak in water.

— Keep aerosol cans, like bug spray, away from the fire.

— Have water close by in case a fire does break out. Use a water hose or bucket.

— Be considerate of your neighbors. Clean up your mess.

When having your Fourth of July party this year, be proactive and make it safe.

Pick an area that is safe for lighting fireworks, always use adult supervision, be considerate of your neighbors’ property, and do not to forget to clean up your mess.

For more information, call the Clark County Health Department at 744-4482 or visit www.clarkhealthdept.org.