Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Topics: Loss Control

Summary: Planning to celebrate America’s Independence this Fourth of July? AmTrust's Loss Control Department offers some important safety tips to keep in mind at your gatherings.

4th of July Safety Tips for Your Festivities

4th of July safety tips

How to Stay Safe this 4th of July

Regardless of whether you will be celebrating with neighbors, friends or family members or even your coworkers at a company party, here are a few 4th of July safety tips to keep in mind brought to you by AmTrust’s Loss Control team:

Fireworks Safety Tips

AmTrust recommends that everyone stay away from consumer fireworks and enjoy what is sure to be a better show at a public display done by professionals. In fact, 250 people seek emergency room treatment every day from fireworks-related injuries in the Independence Day season, and 74% of injuries occurred in the weeks before and after the July 4th holiday. 

Be Aware of Heat-Related Illness and Injuries

Having an outdoor picnic is a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July. But be mindful of the summer heat and watch out for signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Shade, plenty of water and cool towels can help prevent these issues, but pay attention to the weather and consider moving the party indoors if temperatures are rising to an extreme. Sun block is also a must for outdoor parties.

Watch Out for Food Contamination

Potlucks are a staple for summer get-togethers, but keep in mind, hiring a professional catering service or even a food truck can help to reduce the risk of food borne illness. 

Grilling Safety Should be Top of Mind

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 70% of U.S. households own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill or smoker with 64% of households owning a grill. Make sure to always supervise the grill while in use. Check gas grills for any leaks. Keep children away from grills at all times. Ensure grills are never used indoors or in a garage, and at least two feet away from siding, decks and other flammable materials.

Stay Mindful of Insects

Mosquitoes, bees, ants and other insects can all be uninvited guests at a summer party. Special candles and bug spray can help keep some of these bugs at bay. Be on the lookout for bees and other bugs whose stings can cause allergic reactions.

Driving Safety is Imperative

Many 4th of July celebrations will involve alcohol, so keep in mind that if attendees are enjoying some beverages, they should arrange for transportation to get safely home. Designate a driver or call a ride share service to avoid driving while under the influence. 

Loss Control Services and Commercial Property Protection from AmTrust Financial

AmTrust offers robust loss control services and commercial property protection resources to help small businesses safeguard themselves against common summer hazards, including risks around summer holidays, like the 4th of July. To learn more about our loss control services, please contact us today.

This material is for informational purposes only and is not legal or business advice. Neither AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates represents or warrants that the information contained herein is appropriate or suitable for any specific business or legal purpose. Readers seeking resolution of specific questions should consult their business and/or legal advisors. Coverages may vary by location. Contact your local RSM for more information.


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