Parents on high alert over holiday weekend - WNEM TV 5

Parents on high alert over holiday weekend

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

With Fourth of July celebrations upon us, parents like Laura Hull are taking special precautions when it comes to fireworks, barbecues, and even a trip to Bluebell Beach.

"I'm very protective of my children,” Hull said.

The Independence Day holiday is considered the deadliest weekend of the year.

Hull is on high alert watching her three young kids. She said when they go swimming they are wearing life preservers.

"When we get out of the beach we all walk together and we stay together so that way I know where they are at,” she said.

The American Red Cross said on heavily celebrated holidays, safety should come first. They said to leave the fireworks to the professionals and stay at least 500 feet from the show.

The organization adds to be careful while cooking up those hot dogs and hamburgers, saying every year people are hurt using their own grills. 

The organization is also reminding parents to reapply sunscreen often and make sure their kids are drinking plenty of water.

Kasie Johnston has three teenagers in the Flint area. She said making sure you communicate with your children is key.

"I make sure to tell my children to always have a buddy with them wherever they are going whether it is simply to the bathroom or if they are walking along the beach,” Johnston said.

The celebration continues Monday with more fireworks shows around Mid-Michigan. Check out our list here

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