7/1/2020 11:45 AM

Fourth Of July Safety Tips

As we head into this holiday weekend, it’s safe to say that summer is flying by. The Fourth Of July is a great time to get outside, enjoy time with family and friends and celebrate our country’s independence. However, there are many things that can go wrong during this holiday weekend, and it’s important that everyone is doing their best to keep their family and home safe. Here are some Fourth of July home safety tips to ensure you are staying safe! 

Firework safety

In 2018, there were an estimated 19,500 fires that were started by fireworks during the Fourth of July, 1,900 of which were structure fires or fires that started in houses or buildings. This, on top of the number of injuries and deaths that fireworks cause each year, is the main reason everyone needs to be safe when lighting off fireworks. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when lighting off fireworks this weekend!

  • Use fireworks outside only and at an appropriate distance away from your home and cars parked on the street

  • Keep a bucket of water, hose and/or fire extinguisher nearby as a precaution

  • Drop all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash. This will ensure that the firework is not smoldering. 

  • Never attempt to relight a “dud”

Grill Safety

On top of lighting off fireworks, grilling out is quite popular during the Fourth of July holiday. As most practice proper grill safety, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Here are some grilling safety tips to ensure you stay safe!

  • Always keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home

  • Be mindful and vigilant of propane/gas leaks

  • Never leave a lit grill unattended

  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of grease fires

Gathering Safety

The Fourth of July will be looking a little different this year than it has in the past thanks to COVID-19. Many community firework shows have been canceled while social distancing continues to be an importance throughout the country. Here are some tips to help you properly practice social distancing during this holiday weekend! 

  • Avoid very large crowds

  • Do not attend a party if you are sick or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

  • Wear a mask 

  • Remember to wash your hands often

Pet Safety 

Lastly, it’s important that your pets are staying safe during the Fourth of July. Cats, dogs and fireworks do not really mix, and oftentimes your pets will get frightened by the sound of fireworks. Here are some tips that will help you keep your pets safe and anxiety free!

  • Leave your pets at home. If you are going to a house of a friend or family member, it’s smart to not bring your pets with you

  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, quiet room while lighting off fireworks. Oftentimes, pets will attempt to run away because they are scared. 

  • Keep all pet on a leash when outside to ensure they are safe at all times

As we celebrate this great national holiday, please keep these home safety tips in mind. These home safety tips will help you protect yourself, your family and your home this Fourth of July weekend!

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