How to Have a Safe 4th of July: 3 Important Tips

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The start of summer is the perfect time to gather with family and friends for good food and fun times. This year, celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in a safe way. Our July 4th safety tips cover a few key summer safety topics to keep you and your family safe this Independence Day.

Sparkler and Fireworks Safety
More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year. Take the proper precautions when operating fireworks.

  • Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
  • Don't point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they're being lit.
  • Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire-resistant.
  • Don't attempt to ignite fireworks at the same time.
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers to prevent firework-related injuries.
  • Always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also, keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out fires.
  • If fireworks malfunction, don't relight them! Douse and soak malfunctioning fireworks with water then throw them away.
  • Resist the urge to bring your dog to a fireworks display. The safest place for them is at home where it's familiar, quiet and not crowded.

Water and Pool Activity Safety
As July is one of the hottest months of the year, many families turn to water activities to beat the heat. However, even fun water activities have serious risks if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

  • Review safe boating practices.
  • Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
  • Before boating, always check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
  • Set water safety rules for your family, especially if there's a young child.
  • Keep a first aid kit near the pool.

Grilling Safety
July is one of the peak months for grilling fires. Enjoy grilling your favorite meals this summer while also keeping your family safe.

  • Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes and leaks.
  • Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
  • Never grill indoors, in the garage, in any enclosed area or on a surface that might catch fire.
  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.

If you follow these simple 4th of July safety tips, your entire family will be sure to have a safe and memorable holiday weekend.

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