4th of July Safety Tips: Staying Safe on Independence Day

July 3, 2016

The 4th of July is a time for cookouts, family gatherings, patriotism, and of course, fireworks! We love to get together each year and grill hamburgers and hotdogs, take refreshing dips in our swimming pools and then spend the night awe-struck by the colors and sounds of fireworks displays. Unfortunately, each year there are reports of injuries from grills, fireworks, pools and more. Here are a few tips to keep you safe this 4th of July.

Grill safety

There aren’t many food items more tasty then a chargrilled burger, chicken breast or hotdog. So fire up those grills and get to cooking, but make sure you follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Keep your propane (and any kind of grill really) a safe distance away from the home or other objects to avoid overheating and potential fire or explosion hazards.
  • Don’t let children near the grill and make sure to drive the point home that the grill is dangerous.
  • Check your grill for cracks in the hose or other issues¬†that might lead to a tragedy before firing it up.
  • Never grill indoors.

Pool safety

July is one of the hottest months of the year, so a nice, refreshing dip in the pool is always welcome. Make sure, before you jump in, that you’ve got these safety measures in place:

  • Don’t leave children unsupervised.
  • Don’t consume alcohol.
  • Have rules for everyone who swims in your pool.
  • No diving is the best policy.
  • No running is another excellent policy.
  • Keep a first aid kit nearby in case of any injury.

Firework safety

Fireworks are an iconic part of any 4th of July celebration. They are also very dangerous. Follow these tips to stay safe and enjoy the show:

  • Adults should supervise any use of fireworks and should be the only ones handling the more dangerous fireworks.
  • Sparklers are ok for older children above a certain age, but should be supervised and should be pointed outward away from people. Young children should not handle sparklers.
  • Always have a way of extinguishing flames nearby.
  • Never shoot fireworks into the sky in a crowded neighborhood or near a bunch of trees or other easily ignited material.

If you follow these rules and use common sense, you will be able to enjoy a nice, happy 4th of July. Have fun!

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