Top Tips for an Injury Free 4th of July

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Stay safe this Independence Day with these essential tips from 3MD | THREE MOMMY DOCTORS™.

Top Tips for an Injury Free 4th of July

Nothing feels like summer more than the 4th of July. Barbeques and fireworks make for some of the best family memories. But while this may be one of the most anticipated days of the summer, we, as emergency physicians, brace ourselves for the unfortunate accidents and injuries that inevitably come along with it.

Here’s how to make sure you and your loved ones have a safe and injury-free holiday:


There’s actually no such thing as “safe fireworks” for children. Even the most seemingly harmless fireworks (including sparklers) can land your child in the ER. Most injuries involve the face, eyes and hands, with over 50% of these injuries being burns. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals.

In the event that someone is lighting fireworks at home, follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing.
  • Never allow children to touch or ignite fireworks. Even sparklers burn at temperatures high enough to melt some metals.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward another person.
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a firework.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby, as a precaution.
  • Be sure to thoroughly wet any previously detonated fireworks, before throwing them away.


The 4th of July is synonymous with grilling, however, every year thousands of people are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. The biggest danger stems from home fires caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns.

Follow these simple steps to safely cook up treats at your backyard BBQ:

  • Never leave a grill unattended while in use, and be mindful of grilling while drinking alcohol.
  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any other enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including small children and pets, stays away from the grill. And do not leave a hot lid on the ground where a child may inadvertently touch it.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use long-handled tools especially made for grilling, with heat-resistant handles.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Avoid grease buildup. Keep grills clean and well maintained.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


Most children can hardly contain their excitement for the day’s outdoor activities — and who can blame them? The park, the beach, the pool and the pinnacle neighborhood block party are soon to be abuzz with revelry. But before letting them run off to their next 4th of July adventure, be aware that all of these locations have the potential to harbor hot surfaces caused by the sun’s rays. Contact with these surfaces can actually burn a child’s skin within seconds.

  • Wear shoes when walking along sand, wooden boardwalks, concrete or asphalt that has been baking for hours in the summer sun.
  • Test the playground equipment, such as metal slides, before allowing your child to play on them in the middle of the day.
  • Patio furniture, outdoor fire pits and even pool drain covers have been known to cause severe burns. Keep children off and away from any equipment that has had excessive exposure to the sun.

Make this 4th of July one to remember for the right reasons. Use caution when handling any fireworks, or better yet, opt to attend a professional fireworks show instead. Avoid grilling near anything that can potentially cause a fire, and be mindful that playground equipment and common surfaces can become burn hazards when heated by the sun. Don’t forget to protect your family from the summer heat by reapplying sunblock, staying hydrated, and using good judgment if drinking alcohol. By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can help ensure that you and your family can enjoy this holiday — outside of the ER.

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The information contained on this post is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient and his/her physician. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.


  1. Shelly H.-Wilkerson

    Great things to remember! I’ve stepped on hot sand before as an adult and it was painful.

  2. Dara Kass

    Great recommendations especially about testing the temperature on the play equipment! I never would have thought of that myself.

  3. I’ll be sharing this post with friends and family! Good info from reliable source!

  4. Elly Jason Abney

    Wonderful advice from medical professionals!! Loving this new collaboration-thank you Honest company!!

  5. Diana Wilson Spieker

    This is so great! I’d love to see another article on sun protection. Our littlest just got burned on a foggy day – I just didn’t think to re-apply! 🙁

  6. Lauren Castillo

    Thanks for the reminders, it’s often these little things we forget as the day gets busier and busier. However, these little things can have big consequences.

  7. Kim Pletyak

    So great to see 3MD and the Honest Company collaborating! Seems like the perfect match. Can’t wait to see a product developed from this collabo!

  8. Melissa Espiritu

    3MD gives the best tips. Stuff I wouldn’t have thought of on my own like how seriously you can get burned from the temperature of patio furniture and playground equipment. Also I’m going to share this blog post on Facebook so that my well-meaning relatives know not to hand a sparkler to my 2-year-old.

  9. Megan Beck Bright

    3MD is amazing! Such valuable information for today’s parents and their kits are life savers. Would love to see more of these two companies together!

  10. Joy Reroma-Bale

    Can’t say enough wonderful things about 3MD! Such an amazing resource for all parents today. These are helpful tips not only for this weekend but for everyday life.

  11. Tricia Taggart Yurch

    Great reminder to think about these things BEFORE the onset of holiday craziness, and useful tips to boot. Thank you so much!

  12. Rachel Ruffalo

    Helpful and reliable information written specifically for parents and caretakers. It’s sometimes hard to navigate the sea of advice out there on the internet. It’s reassuring to know that 3MD is a consistent and trustworthy source of information and resources!

  13. Annika Unander

    Good reminders! We had a close call with a fire cracker last summer. It was scary, but we were lucky! It’s just not worth it. It’s easy to get distracted with all the fun, but it’s better to be diligent and thoughtful when caring for our little ones.

  14. Nisha KC

    I just love 3MD! The best advice and products!!

  15. Kristin Noelle Anderson

    Such great tips for little ones, especially in this hot weather and with our ongoing drought! Also good tips for our fur babies too. 🙂

  16. Dinah Silva

    Love 3MD and their consistently timely and helpful info. Their insightful tips have already saved me from making 2 unnecessary trips to the ER with each of my young boys. So grateful they are such a wonderful resource!

  17. Good advice. I didn’t think about how hot wood and plastic can get in the sun. I’ll definitely check the playground equipment before the little ones use it. And I’m so glad I have a Kid-stat first aid kit. I’ve used it already for myself when I burnt my finger with steam will cooking!!

  18. Amanda Hunt

    Great advice 3MD. Thanks for the reminders. I love your incredibly helpful blog posts!

  19. Leslie Purchase

    I got a 3MD kit from a friend and was so impressed. It is hands down the most useful collection of items I have ever seen. Nothing is extraneous. It is my go to baby shower gift. Their post is full of useful info too. What an amazing company!

  20. Natasha Tennyson

    I purchased the infant 3MD kit while my baby was in the NICU. It was fantastic. The kit is organized by common baby symptoms: cranky, yucky and ouchy. The colic drops were a life saver. Plus, a lot of the supplies were the same ones the NICU staff were using and recommended we use at home. Love this kit and will be purchasing the kidSTAT kit soon. Thank you, 3MD!

  21. Dustin Smith

    We love that there are age appropriate kits and that each one gives us the direction and supplies to confidently know that are giving our kids the best care – the same care a mommy doctor would give her kids!

  22. KJ Fisher

    I feel so lucky to have the wisdom of 3MD at my fingertips. Their first aid kit is a must to have in any household.

  23. Marisa Gonzales

    Such great last minute tips!!! I always learn so much from your blog posts. Thank you 3MD!!!

  24. Thanks 3MD and the Honest Co for the great tips and for watching out for us and our kids. After I read this info, I checked my kids’ new plastic slide and was shocked at how hot it was! The swings too! Another thing to watch for is the temperature of the water coming out of the garden hose. The water can be really hot when first turned on if the hose has been sitting out in the hot sun.

  25. Masumi Morrison

    I’ve given these kits as gifts to other people with children & now everyone I know has one!!! Do yourself (& your friends) a favor & buy one!! LOVE this company!!????

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