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Martinez Police Department
Thursday July 1st, 2010 :: 11:07 a.m. PDT


4th of July Safety Tips

The 4th of July is one of the biggest holidays of the year. On the 4th of July people enjoy delicious barbeques and huge fireworks displays. It's a day to just kick back and relax. Unfortunately, many people end up in emergency rooms on the 4th of July. Whether it's too much alcohol, fireworks gone wrong, or potato salad gone funky many people around the United States find themselves sick or injured each year. Luckily, if you follow a few simple tips, you can avoid rushing to the emergency room this 4th of July.

4th of July Safety Tips: Be Careful with Fireworks

Fireworks are not toys. Unfortunately, many people are irresponsible with these explosive devices. Many people even give their children fireworks to play with before the big day arrives. This is one of the reasons why many children are rushed to the hospital each 4th of July. You must consider your child's safety when buying fireworks. You must also supervise your children very closely. Children under the age of 13 should not even be allowed to light their own fireworks.

4th of July Safety Tips: Take Care of Your Pets

Each year pets around the country die of heatstroke because their owners are irresponsible. The 4th of July is no different. Many owners forget about the safety of their pets, because they are too caught up in the festivities. Before taking your pet along on a 4th of July excursion, think about the conditions. Is the weather too hot for your pet? Will the fireworks scare your pet? Will you be able to supply your pet with much needed water throughout the day?

4th of July Safety Tips: Responsible Drinking

In order to enjoy your 4th of July party, remember this safety tip. Drink responsibly and also make sure that your guests are drinking responsibly. If you let someone leave your home after they've had one too many of your cocktails, you could be at fault if something happens to them or someone else. If you will be serving alcohol at your 4th of July party make sure to have designated drivers to drive those who will be drinking home.

Statistics show that over 7,000 people each year get treated for 4th of July related accidents. Don't be one of them. Stay safe this year and have a happy 4th of July!

Martinez Police Department
525 Henrietta St
Martinez, CA 94553

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-372-3440


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