02 Jul Stay safe this Fourth of July!
Fourth of July Safety Tips
Fourth of July- A time to celebrate the independence of our country with family, friends and fireworks. It’s never too early to contemplate safety measures for your celebration. Below are some of our 4th of July safety tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday.
First and foremost, obey local laws! If fireworks are illegal in your area, don’t use them. Seize the opportunity to take children to public firework displays. If you are lighting your own fireworks, keep them out of the hands of minors and be sure to discuss safety issues beforehand.
- Follow the directions on all fireworks. Don’t attempt to disassemble, alter or combine fireworks products.
- Never use homemade fireworks.
- Don’t point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit.
- When lighting fireworks, always have water and a portable fire extinguisher close by.
- Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
- Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
- Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in water and dispose.
Water Activity Safety
- Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
- Before boating, always check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
- Set water safety rules for your family and friends.
- Be sure your pool always meets the pool barrier safety requirements and keep an eye on children.
- Be alert to water conditions, such as water depth and ocean currents. Make sure novice swimmers use flotation devices and children have chaperones.
- Most animals are frightened by fireworks. Pets that feel scared may react by running away from home, defecating indoors, or otherwise destroying property. Protect your pets!
- Don’t take your pets to fireworks displays, keep your pets in a safe place indoors.
- Don’t leave your pets in a car by themselves.
- Don’t leave your pets unattended outside.
- Consult your veterinarian ahead of the holiday if your pets have a tendency to overreact to loud noises.
Other Safety Tips
- Follow safe grilling practices and beware of possible fire hazards and outdoor food spoilage. See our previous newsletter for more important BBQ Safety Tips:
- During daylight hours, you’ll want to protect yourself from excess exposure to the sun. Be sure to wear sunscreen and protect your skin.
- Heatstroke and dehydration are other daylight concerns to keep in mind. Be sure to drink plenty of water and seek out shady areas if you feel overheated.
- Depending on your location, you may need to wear insect repellant and be alert for bees or wasps.