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Your 4th of July and Summer Safety Refresher

Now that summer has officially begun, its time to start planning for some of the most exciting and important events of the year! From the 4th of July to National Night Out and beyond, each summer event comes with a great deal of safety precautions needed to ensure no accidents or injuries take place during observances or celebrations.

Summer event safety topics include, fireworks safety, public safety, crime prevention, nighttime safety, emergency preparedness, and driving safety. For all of these important areas of interest and more, you can find a number of useful and informative custom handouts at Foremost Promotions.

Here is a quick outline for your upcoming summer events and a simple refresher course on fireworks safety before you celebrate the 4th of July next week!

Your Guide to Summer Holidays & Safety Events 

July: National Fireworks Safety Month
The purpose of National Fireworks safety month is to alert parents and children to the dangers of playing with fireworks or lighting them without taking the appropriate precautionary measures. Fire, police and EMS companies, as well as other organizations, like Prevent Blindness America, work to advise caution when lighting fireworks and offer safer ways to celebrate the Fourth of July and other holidays or events where fireworks are commonly on display.

July 4: Independence Day

August: Back to School Month
When the new school year begins, it’s important for everyone to remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It’s also a crucial time to refresh children on the principles of staying safe on the way to, from and during school. Common safety topics covered during back to school month include backpack safety, playground safety, school bus safety, cell phone usage and distracted walking and the protection new teen drivers.

August 7: National Night Out 2018
This annual community-building campaign promotes a partnership between police and community members nationwide in order to stand up to crime and enhance the kind of neighborhood camaraderie that makes every community safer and happier.

August 15 – September 3: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration leads this incredibly important effort to stop drunk driving or driving under the influence of any drug, once and for all. During this campaign, the definitive message is, “Please drive sober or you will get pulled over.”

September: National Preparedness Month
Disaster can strike at any moment. That’s why we have an entire month dedicated to learning how to be prepared for all types of unexpected emergencies. With just a little preparation you can make sure your home and family will be ready and able to withstand a home fire, hurricane, flood or any other type of threat.

September 3: Labor Day

September 23 – 29: National Child Passenger Safety Week
The proper use of a car seat, booster, or seat belt can prevent harm to a child in the event of a car crash, which is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 13. During National Child Passenger Safety Week, child passenger safety awareness and education are the main focuses. It teaches that a few extra moments taken to make sure child passengers are properly secured in their seats can make all the difference.

4th of July & Fireworks Safety Tips 

For those who reside in states where it is legal to purchase and set off fireworks, every possible risk should be carefully considered before deciding to do so. If you have chosen to conduct your own private display rather than attend a public show this 4th of July, here are some important precautionary steps to help safeguarded you and your audience from any fireworks related injury.

• Fireworks should be purchased from legal manufacturers only, with the manufacturer’s label intact and stored in a cool, dry place, away from the reach of children or pets, until they are used.
• Children should never play with fireworks, firecrackers or rockets. If children are given sparklers they should be used under supervision, outside and kept away from the face, clothing or hair. Children should never be left unattended with sparklers.
• When using fireworks, you should be outside and far away from homes, bushes, leaves or other people or animals. There should always be a large bucket of water nearby, in case of accidents.
• Only an adult who has not been drinking any type of alcoholic beverage should be in charge of the fireworks. He or she should also wear fitted clothing to avoid any lose materials making contact with sparks.
• Never hold fireworks in your hands or near your body while lighting them. If you are the person lighting the fireworks, you should wear protective eyewear in case of sparks.
• Only light one firework at a time.
• When you are finished, soak your used fireworks in water before throwing them away.
• Keep pets, small children and babies contained far away from fireworks as they may be sensitive to the loud noise and become frightened or stressed out.

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