Stay Safe While Celebrating The Fourth of July This Weekend

On average, fireworks cause more than 18,500 fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, accounting for 7 percent of all injury-related deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This July Fourth, take extra steps to ensure the safety of yourself and loved ones.

“Golden Valley Remembers” by Ellen Anderson

Firework Safety

Although using recreational fireworks can be seen as a fun activity around this time of year, safety is always the number one priority.

The NFPA suggests not using consumer fireworks at all because of the dangers they pose. This includes sparklers, which can burn hot enough to cause third degree burns. The NFPA recommends that fireworks are best left to trained professionals.

For more fireworks safety tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.

Water Safety

Many Minnesotans like to enjoy their summers on the lake or at least near one. This increases the risk of water-related injuries and drowning. Use the tips below to help keep your kids other family members safe in the water.

  • Always wear a life jacket while performing water sports.
  • Make sure an adult is always present when kids are playing in or near the water.
  • Always enter the water feet first.
  • Stay in the designated swimming areas.

The Golden Valley Fire and Police Departments also want to remind residents if there is an emergency or someone is in danger, always call 911.

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