4th of July Safety
Independence Day is here and as is tradition, fireworks will fill the sky and food will fill the grills. Have fun, enjoy the day off, STAY HYDRATED and remember these tips:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children. Even sparklers can reach a temperature of 2,000 to 3,000 degrees (F)!
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
- Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
Planning a holiday cook-out?
NFPA offers these tips for grilling safely:
- 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 eaves and overhanging branches.
- Children and pets should be at least 3 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.