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Happy Independence Day from Skin Inc. magazine!

Posted: July 2, 2009

Keep your 4th of July fun and safe this summer with these helpful tips.

Take this 11 tips for a fun, festive and safe Independence Day holiday.

1. Be a safe swimmer. Water sports and fireworks are two of the biggest past times for Fourth of July celebrations, and these are both linked to numerous deaths and injuries each year. Never swim alone, and make sure that kids' water play is adequately supervised at all times. Many drownings occur when parents and other adults are nearby, so always have a designated chaperone for water play and don't assume that others are watching the kids. Statistics show that most young children who drown in pools have been out of sight for less than five minutes.

2. If fireworks are legal in your community and are a part of your celebration, be sure to store and use them safely. Keep the kids away from the fireworks at all times, and keep spectators at a safe distance. Also, attending fireworks displays organized by professionals is always safer than trying to put on your own show.

3. Use alcohol responsibly. Alcohol and fireworks can be a hazardous and dangerous combination. Also, have a designated driver to bring party-goers home from festivities. Remember also that alcohol and swimming can be as dangerous as drinking and driving.