Fourth of July Safety Tips

With Fourth of July right around the corner, we want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. Many of us will spend the holiday cooking out, swimming, and enjoying the fireworks. Here are some friendly reminders on how to enjoy all of that safely this weekend.

Cooking Out

  • Grill outside. Don’t put your grill in the garage or under any cover. Grills are designed to be used outside where there is plenty of ventilation.
  • Move the grill away from your house or any other structures. Grills should be at least 10 feet away from any structure.
  • Don’t leave perishable food out too long and keep food out of the sun. 
  • Wash your hands before preparing food (we should all be pros at washing hands after last year so this is an easy one).
  • Keep kids and pets away from the grill.


  • Pay attention to children and never leave them unsupervised near the water.
  • Install barriers, covers, or alarms on or around your pool area.
  • If you’re swimming at a public pool or beach, make sure lifeguards are present.
  • If swimming in an ocean, lake, or river, keep in mind it’s different than swimming in a pool. Inexperienced swimmers and children should wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets at all times in the water.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen. 


  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave it to the professionals. Go watch a public show.
  • Check if fireworks are legal where you live and if they are, make sure you buy ones that are legal.
  • In Las Vegas, only Safe-N-Sane fireworks are legal and you risk getting a ticket if you light aerials or other illegal fireworks. Safe-N-Sane fireworks are fireworks that do not fly through the air or explode or rotate on the ground. And they’ve been tested by Southern Nevada fire departments.
  • Always have a water supply close by. A bucket of water is a good idea so you can dunk used fireworks in water. 
  • Don’t relight duds or misfires. Let them sit a few minutes and then douse with water before placing into a bucket of water. 
  • Don’t shoot fireworks at people or pets.