The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate and have a good time with friends and family. However, activities commonly associated with celebrating it also pose a great number of hazards, such as grilling, bonfires, fireworks, boating, and more. To ensure that there is no disaster to put a damper on your celebrations, it it important to remember to be safe.
Fireworks are a great deal of fun yet are also very dangerous at the same time. To enjoy fireworks in a safe manner, you should:
- Use legal fireworks.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Move away quickly after lighting fireworks.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully igmoted.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Grilling is a staple of celebrating the Fourth of July. To cook up lots of tasty food and prevent danger, it's improtant to be safe though. These tips provide a general safety guideline for grilling:
- Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Never light the fire with a flammable liquid.
- Pour water on the embers of the fire before leaving the bonfire at the end of the gathering.
- Keep everyone well back from the fire and ensure that children are supervised at all times.
- Do not allow fireworks to be anywhere near the fire.
- Do not allow any types of aerosol cans near the fire as they are flammable.
- Do not leave the fire unattended.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.