As we prepare to watch the July 4th fireworks light up the sky, families and friends will gather to enjoy the festivities. Perhaps even around or near the water. While it’s always fun to celebrate, it’s also important that we all prioritize safety. That’s doubly true when there is water nearby!

Read on for some essential tips for preventing water accidents during July 4th fireworks.

Active Supervision: The Constant Key to Safety

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When it comes to water safety, there’s no substitute for active supervision. During the excitement of the July 4th fireworks, it’s easy to get distracted. After all, the sky is literally exploding. Keeping that in mind, this means it is never more crucial to keep a watchful eye on those little ones around the pool or open water.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children aged one to four. As such, designating a “water watcher” can make all the difference. This person should avoid distractions like phones or conversations and focus solely on monitoring the water area.

Keep a Safe Distance from July 4th Fireworks

As we mentioned earlier, fireworks can be pretty dangerous! That means everyone should maintain a safe distance from the fireworks display. Fireworks can be unpredictable, and the last thing you want is for a stray spark to cause an accident. When viewing large public displays, be sure to stay at least 500 feet away from the launch site. For fireworks being set off by amateurs… keep even further back! A healthy distance not only protects you from potential burns or injuries but also reduces the likelihood of firework debris falling onto your home or into the pool area. 

Tips for a Safe and Happy Independence Day

First Aid: Be Prepared

It’s a sad fact, but accidents can happen even with the best precautions. Being prepared with basic first aid knowledge can make a significant difference in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the American Red Cross recommends keeping a first aid kit close at hand. This kit should be stocked with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and burn ointment. Knowing how to perform CPR is also invaluable.

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Pool Fencing and Alarms

At Life Saver Pool Fence, we are pretty big fans of pool fences. One of the most effective ways to prevent water accidents during July 4th fireworks is to ensure that the pool area is secure. Installing a pool fence is a crucial step. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a pool fence can prevent more than 50% of swimming pool drownings. The fence should be at least four feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate. To learn more, read our detailed blog post about choosing a pool fence.

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In addition to a fence, pool alarms provide an extra layer of safety. These alarms can detect movement in the water and alert you immediately. There are different types of pool alarms available, including surface wave sensors and sub-surface disturbance sensors.  There are even alarms for your windows and doors. Choose the ones that best fit your pool setup. Finally, make absolutely sure the alarms are functioning correctly before the celebrations begin.

Keep Everyone Out of the Pool Area

During the fireworks display, it’s best to keep everyone out of the pool area altogether. If the water is out of sight, out of mind, it minimizes the risk of someone accidentally falling in or getting too close to the fireworks. Setting up a designated viewing area away from the pool can be both fun and safe. Consider creating a cozy space with blankets, chairs, and refreshments where everyone can enjoy the show without the danger of water accidents.

To keep the little ones entertained and away from the pool, provide some alternative activities. Supervised sparkler stations, glow sticks, and patriotic crafts are great ways to keep their attention focused. Keeping them engaged will reduce the temptation to wander into the pool area. By following these tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of water accidents during July 4th fireworks. Wishing you and your family a fantastic and accident-free Independence Day celebration!