Fourth of July festivities are celebrated in so many ways, here in New Jersey. Some mark the holiday by hosting a barbecue, taking a trip to the beach or lake, seeing a firework show, or taking in a parade. No matter how or where you celebrate, keep these safety tips in mind.
Hosting a barbecue? Remember to always keep an eye on the grill – before, during, and after grilling. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, tree branches, or anything that could potentially catch fire.
Maybe the Jersey shore or west Jersey Lake is scheduled for the 4th? Apply sunscreen prior to being exposed to the sun and be sure to stay hydrated. Reapply after several hours in or out of the water. Whether in the ocean or lake, obey all warnings and safety messages – especially rip current warnings at the shore!
If fireworks are a part of your Fourth of July tradition, remember to park or stand in designated areas. If you are tailgating and the venue allows alcohol, please drink responsibly and designate a driver. Remind children to be aware of their surroundings too. And most importantly, steer clear of any fireworks that may have misfired.
No matter what you do or where you go this 4th of July, remember that most roads may see more traffic. Be mindful of others on the road, watch your speed, don’t use your cell phone while driving and most importantly, do not drink and drive. If you are taking mass transit, remember that some trains and buses run on holiday schedules so be sure to check before you leave.
Enjoy the Fourth of July, have fun, stay safe and celebrate America’s birthday!