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Keeping Your Independence Day Celebration Fun & Safe

By Kristy Warren


We’re all eager to make the most of summer but keep these simple safety tips in mind to make your Independence Day celebration fun and safe. 




  • Plan outdoors activities for early or late in the day when the sun is less intense. Protect yourself with a hat, sunglasses, and broad-spectrum sunscreen. Remember to reapply after swimming and approx. every 2 hours, as protection wears off via time and sweat.

  • Don’t lose track of time. Time flies when you’re having fun, so remember to take breaks in the shade or indoors to cool down. Stay hydrated and be on the lookout for any signs of heat stroke like dizziness, nausea, confusion, headaches, rapid pulse, or fainting.

  • Play it safe. Socially distancing outdoors while wearing masks is the safest way to celebrate with friends or family. Avoid large groups or parties, do not share utensils or food, and make sure to wash your hands regularly with soap & water for 20 seconds. If you can’t make it to a sink, use hand sanitizer.

  • Keep your distance. Social distancing is still a critical prevention measure to keep COVID-19 from rapidly spreading. Packed parties, pools, bars, and restaurants are leading to a dangerous rise in cases across the country. Always stay at least six feet apart when interacting with people who are not part of your immediate household (i.e., those who live in your house full-time).

  • Mask up! If you plan to visit with friends and family or enjoy a public fireworks display, make sure to grab your mask. Pennsylvania requires everyone to wear masks in businesses and other public places to reduce the spread of COVID-19, unless they’re under 2 or have an official medical exemption. Masks are especially important because of COVID-19’s long incubation period, as people are contagious before they realize they are sick and thus are more likely to go out and accidentally spread the virus.

  • Drink plenty of water. While soda, alcohol, and punch are event favorites, they can actually dehydrate you further, so reach for water to beat the summer heat.

  • Take precautions with pets. Never use fireworks near your pets, and if you'll be attending a display or Independence Day event, leave your pet at home in a quiet, escape-proof area of your home. Loud noises from fireworks and parties can frighten and confuse animals, causing them to cower or even attempt to run away. 


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