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Independence Day Safety Tips

Independence Day Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect time to catch up with family and friends for good food and fun times. Celebrate the 4th of July safely. These summer safety topics will help to keep you and your family safe this holiday.

Every year more than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks. Proper precautions should be taken when operating fireworks:

♦ Never take apart or try to make your own fireworks. 

♦ Do not point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others, especially when they are lit. 

♦ Don’t try to light multiple fireworks at the same time. Fireworks should only be lit on ground that is dry and fire resistant. Young children should never be permitted to handle fireworks or sparklers. 

♦ Always keep a portable fire extinguisher, as well as a water hose or bucket, close to where fireworks are being lit in case of a fire.

July is one of the hottest months of the year and water activities to beat the heat are very popular. Water activities may have serious risks if proper precautions are not taken.

♦ Establish water safety rules for your family.

♦ Review boating safety and never consume alcohol while operating a boat.

♦ Always make certain there are enough life preservers on board for every passenger before leaving the dock.

♦ Restrict access to pool areas by completely enclosing it with a fence.

♦ Wireless outdoor sensors that alert you on your phone or with a house chime if the sensors are activated help keep children safe.

♦ Always keep a first aid kit near the pool.

Grilling fires peak during the month of July.  It’s easy to keep your family safe while grilling your favorite meals this summer.

♦ Prior to use, check to make sure your gas grill hoses do not have cracks, holes or leaks. Gas leaks, blocked tubes and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.

♦ Keep children away from grills at all times.

♦ Never grill indoors, in the garage or in any enclosed area.

♦ Only grill on a surface that will not catch on fire.

♦ Place grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches, and any outdoor furniture/equipment that can catch fire quickly.

Be sure to follow these tips so you and your family can have a safe and unforgettable Independence Day. Enjoy!

About Kaley Wilson

Kaley is an intern with the Protection 1 Marketing Department. She is a sophomore at Stetson University, majoring in marketing and minoring in digital arts. She is also the Panhellenic representative of the Alpha Delta chapter of Delta Delta Delta.

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