4th of July Safety Tips

June 29, 2018

American Flags

Fireworks, flag flying, parades and pool parties are all part of the tradition and fun associated with the Fourth of July. Before you start your holiday celebration, here are some tips from Insurance Group USA to ensure you enjoy your independence day safely:


Fireworks Safety

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Never light fireworks without supervision.
  • Have water and a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Never aim, point or throw fireworks at another person.

Parade Safety

  • Stake out your viewing spot early.
  • Leave the parade area immediately after the parade is over. Most problems arise when people linger after the parade is over.
  • Make sure children stay behind the barricades. They're there for everyone's safety.
  • Secure handbags and wallets.
  • Sometimes candy and trinkets are thrown from the floats. Be sure children don't run out into harm's way to pick them up. Also, examine the candy before your child eats it.
  • Establish a family meeting place - a street corner or in front of a store - in case anyone gets lost.

Grilling Safety

  • Always inspect your fuel line, burners and igniter to make sure they are in good condition.
  • Set your grill in an open area, away from buildings and combustible materials.
  • Make sure propane gas bottle is not overfilled.
  • Keep the grill in the shade. The sun increases the pressure in the tank, which can lead to leaks.
  • Clean the grill on regular basis to prevent grease fires.
  • Keep children away from the grill.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.

Water Safety

  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
  • Enter the water feet first. Only when the area is marked for diving and clear of obstructions should you enter head first.
  • Children should be observed at all times around water. It's a good idea to stay within an arm's length of young children and weak swimmers while the are around the pool, lake or ocean.
  • Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies sunscreen and rests.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim towards shore. If you can't swim to shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head towards shore.

Happy Fourth of July from Insurance Group USA!


More From This Week

IIHS Family Van

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Picks for 2018

Each year the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety names its top safety picks. See if your vehicle made the list for 2018.  More »

Dog going for a ride in car

Dogs need seat belts too!

The weather is going to be great for an evening drive this week. If you take Fido out for a drive this week (which is sure to be the highlight of his week!), be sure to keep him safe too.  More »

Cell Phone

Cell phones and emergencies

Cell phone coverage is often the first utility to be restored after a weather emergency. What was once a luxury form of communication is now often back in service before power & landlines.  More »

Dog Bite Liability

Be a responsible dog owner

We all love our furry four-legged best friends, but they may not always behave like we’d expect, especially around strangers or children.  More »

Our Insurance Partners

Trusted companies like

Safeco Insurance

Bookmark Our Mobile Site visit m.insurancegroupusa.com

Information you need, when and where you need it most. More »

We're Your Trusted Choice

Trusted Choice logo As a Trusted Choice agency, we are dedicated to treating you as a person, not a policy.