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Fourth of July Safety

Thursday, July 2, 2015   /   by Matt Chase

Fourth of July Safety

Fourth of July celebrations can be a fun time. People receive days off of work, and many will have parties to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. Fourth of July weekend is consistently filled with fireworks, grilling, and bonfires. Below I will discuss a few safety tips regarding each of these.

First are fireworks. The Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks. If you plan to set off your own fireworks, make sure they are legal in your city and state. Some areas have fire bans during the hot, dry time of year. If you plan to set off your own fireworks, keep a hose or bucket of water close by. Never try to relight fireworks that didn’t go off properly. Also when setting off fireworks, keep a distance of at least 25 feet from homes and spectators. If you aren’t setting fireworks off, many cities provide an excellent fireworks show done by professionals.

Grilling safety is also important when discussing Fourth of July weekend. Always have someone supervising the grill. Keep children and pets away. Keep the grill or grills at least 10 feet from the house, and only use charcoal lighter fluid to ignite if needed. Do not try to substitute with anything else. Campfires or bonfires, done on the ground or in a fire pit also need supervision. In a previous blog, here, I already discussed Fire Pit Safety. Some quick tips include, making sure having a fire is legal. As stated above, some places have fire bans if temperatures are hot and dry. Clear a radius around the fire of about 5 feet. This ensures extra wood won’t accidentally catch fire. When finished, make sure the fire is completely cool. Dump water and stir the ashes with a shovel, and then repeat until there are no burning embers.

If you follow all these tips, you can ensure a fun and safe weekend for all involved. Let’s not forget about pets. Fourth of July is the most stressful night for most dogs and cats. Anxiety increases because of loud fireworks and bright lights. Keep an eye on pets inside, and provide a safe place for them such as a bed or their crate. Lower blinds and close windows to avoid noise and bright lights.

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