The Fourth of July is meant to be an American holiday to take time and celebrate America's Independence and Freedom. This holiday has customs of grilling out, lounging by the pool or lake and of course fireworks. With this holiday being a fun and relaxed weekend does not mean let your guard down. Fourth of July is one of the most accident filled holidays. Blue River Restoration has a few tips to keep your holiday safe and fun.
Sparkler and Fireworks Safety
First and foremost, OBEY all state and local laws/ordinances as it relates to approved fireworks. More than 45,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year. Take the proper precautions and be safe when operating fireworks.
Follow the directions on all fireworks and don't use them for anything other than what they're intended for. Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
Don’t point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit.
Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant. Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.
Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
Always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out fires.
Water Activity Safety
As July is one of the hottest months of the year, many families turn to water activities to beat the heat. However, even fun water activities have serious risks if the proper precautions aren’t taken.
Review safe boating practices.
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.
Pools should be enclosed completely with a fence to restrict access to the area. Consider installing wireless outdoor sensors that will alert you via phone or with a chime inside your home if the sensors are activated.
Keep a first aid kit near the pool.
Other Safety Tips
Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
During daylight hours, you'll want to protect yourself from excess exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat.
DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Always have a DD when drinking and driving.