Family Safety Tips for the 4th of July
The 4th of July is only days away, and with all that fun can come a few opportunities for trouble.
Before the celebrations begin, get a good scope of your surroundings, secure your home, and keep an eye out as the fireworks begin!
- Don’t attempt to make your own fireworks
- Only light fireworks in dry, fire resistant areas, and light one by one, not in multiples
- Never point fireworks or sparklers at another person
- Never allow young kids to handle fireworks or sparklers
- Keep a portable fire extinguisher and source of water (water hose, bucket of water) nearby
Safety on the Water
- Pools at home should be enclosed completely with a restrict access
- If your family is going boating, review boat safety practices first
- Make sure there are enough life preservers on hand for everyone
- Never drink while driving a boat
- Create water safety rules for your family
- Keep a first aid kid nearby
- Review safe boating practices.
- Before using, check gas grill hoses for cracks and leaks
- Never grill outdoors, in an enclosed area, or on a surface that could catch fire
- Keep your grill at least two feet away from other objects—siding, branches, outdoor equipment, etc.
- Always keep children away from grills
- Resist the temptation to share your delicious treats
- Keep pets away from grills and discard cooking debris in pet-proof trash cans
- Be aware of how much exposure they’re getting to the sun and if they have enough water
- Pets are frightened by fireworks—secure them at home, indoors, in a comfortable environment