It’s almost time for the 4th of July. That means fireworks, grilling in the backyard, and maybe even a trip to the beach with your family. Whatever you end up doing, we want you to be safe. Here are some safety tips for Independence Day.
While the safest way to enjoy fireworks is attending a public fireworks show put on by professionals, if you light fireworks at home you should follow these tips.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Keep a bucket of water/fire extinguisher close by in case of a fire.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from pets and children.
- Never point fireworks toward people, animals or structures.
- Dispose of used fireworks properly, in places completely free of heat and fire.
- Never relight a “dud” firework.
While a lot of people hit the water to beat the heat on the 4th, it can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.
- Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
- Always wear life preservers.
- Never dive headfirst.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Always have a first aid kid nearby.
- Drink plenty of water.
Enjoy grilling this Independence Day while also keeping you family safe. Here are some BBQ/grilling tips.
- Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes and leaks.
- Keep children away from grills.
- Never grill in the garage or anywhere inside.
- Keep your grill at least two feet ways from branches, decks, and any outdoor equipment that can easily catch fire.
If you plan on driving anywhere, please take extra caution. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, July 4th ranked as the deadliest day of the year from 2005-2009, with an average of 144 driving-related fatalities each year.
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
- Use a designated driver.
- If you encounter a drunk driver, contact local law enforcement. (You could save a life)
- Stay alert.
If you follow these tips, you’re be sure to have a happy and safe 4th of July.