Hosting a 4th of July party? Keep these safety tips in mind

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With 4th of July just around the corner, many people are excited to celebrate the country’s independence with friends and family. Large gatherings however come with a natural worry about staying safe when it comes to fireworks, grills, coronavirus, and even pools.

Check out these Fourth of July safety tips below to fun and healthy holiday weekend.

Coronavirus safety

Epidemiologists and public health experts are optimistic about the Fourth of July in areas with high vaccination rates.

"It depends a lot on how much we can get people vaccinated before then," Dr. Anne Liu, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California, told TODAY. "In communities where vaccination rates are really high, I think that it is much more feasible that life could look pretty normal by July."

Most experts agree that while any social gathering is never entirely safe, it is reasonable to congregate outdoors and have a good time.

While kids aged 12 to 15 can currently get the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, children under the age of 12 are still unable to get vaccinated. Children keep their masks on inside and go unmasked but keep some distance from other unvaccinated children while outside.

Firework safety

Fireworks, a symbol and tradition of the holiday, can also be dangerous if not used properly. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,000 injuries and 12 deaths in