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Let Safety Ring: How To Avoid Common Fourth Of July Hazards

Many Americans look forward to the fun-filled day that is the 4th of July. Maybe your plans are a backyard barbecue and pool day or a trip with friends or family to a beach or lake. Whatever festivities you have planned for the holiday, it is important to take precautions while having fun.  While the Fourth of July can be one of the more fun holidays of the year, it is also one of the most dangerous ones. Take precautions this Fourth of July to ensure a fun and safe holiday.

Sparks Fly

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals.  However, if you plan on handling fireworks at home follow these tips:

  • Check to see if it is legal in your area to have personal use of fireworks
  • Keep a supply of water or a portable fire extinguisher nearby as a precaution
  • Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant.
  • Never point or throw a firework or sparkler at people, animals, vehicles, or flammable materials
  • Small children should not handle fireworks or sparklers

Light It Up

July is the highest month of grills fires accounting for 17% of the year’s incidents.  Here are some guidelines to follow while grilling to avoid you and the food from burning:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railings, and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Use the long-handled tools specially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Sea’s The Day

It’s hot out there and many people turn to water to beat the heat. Whether you go to a pool, lake, beach, or other bodies of water, make sure to take proper precautions.

  • Be alert for local weather conditions and check for warning signs or flags posted
  • Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear approved life jackets
  • Don’t dive headfirst into any water and walk carefully into open waters
  • Watch out for aquatic life; avoid patches of plants and leave animals alone
  • If participating in any boating activity, review safe boating practices and rules

Don’t Forget

  • Drinks lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Use sunscreen and reapply throughout the day to protect your skin
  • Have a first aid kit close by at all times
  • Drive safe!

The Fourth of July is the perfect day to relax and be with friends and family. It is easy to get excited during the celebration and overlook the risks associated with the day’s activities. However, taking the time to implement safe practices will ensure you have a fun day!

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