Tips for Celebrating Independence: A Fourth of July Safety Guide

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Happy birthday, America! The Fourth of July is coming up on Thursday, July 4. As you set your plans for Independence Day, make sure you make safety a priority.

Whether you’re hosting a cookout, attending a party, or celebrating with fireworks, these tips can ensure your celebration is safe for all. You can also explore upcoming fireworks displays in Johnson County – the best way to enjoy fireworks safely.

Note: Johnson County offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Johnson County Library branches will close Wednesday, July 3 at 5 p.m. and will be closed all day on July 4. County parks will remain open.

Heat Safety

Temperatures on July 4 are expected to be high, so be sure to take precautions to stay safe from heat-related illness.

  • Stay hydrated: During hot weather, you will need to drink more water than your thirst indicates. Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level.
  • Limit time outside: It’s best to stay out of the sun when extreme heat is in effect. If you choose to be outside, wear a hat, take breaks, and seek shade from trees and buildings.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing: Opt for bright clothing and lightweight, loose-fitting garments. Don’t forget the sunglasses and sunscreen too!

Find additional tips to stay safe from extreme heat and detect signs of heat-related illness in our Heat Safety Guide.

Grill Safety

Are you hosting a cookout on the Fourth? Before you put your burgers and brats on the grill, keep these grill safety tips in mind.

  1. Location, Location, Location: Place your grill well away from your home, deck railings and overhanging branches to avoid fires.
  2. Keep It Clean: Regularly clean grease or fat buildup from the grill and trays below to prevent flare-ups.
  3. Keep an Eye on Your Grill: Never leave the grill unattended while it's in use, and keep children and pets away from the cooking area.

Alcohol Safety

Drinking and driving never mix. If you choose to consume alcohol on July 4, make sure you have a plan in place to get home. Choose a designated driver who will stay sober or use a ride-sharing service if a designated driver isn’t available.

With 90-plus degree temperatures expected on the Fourth, be extra careful with your alcohol consumption. Drinking in the heat can pose a dehydration risk, increasing the chances of heat-related illness. Alternate alcoholic beverages with water (8-12 ounces of water for every adult beverage).

Enjoying Fireworks in Johnson County

The safest way to enjoy the Fourth is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. These fireworks shows are planned throughout Johnson County:

By following these Fourth of July safety tips, you can ensure that your celebration remains festive and fun for everyone involved. Happy Fourth of July!

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