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Happy holiday! Here are some general safety tips to be safe on the 4th!

***Fireworks

-Do not use alcohol when handling or lighting fireworks

-Follow the instructions on the label

-Only ignite outdoors away from structures

-Light them one at a time

-Never reignite “duds”

-Keep away from children

-Store in a cool, dry place

-Never point, throw or shoot fireworks at people or animals

-Keep pets inside

-Don’t ignite from metal or glass containers

-Don’t carry in pockets

-Use caution even with sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees

-Keep water, a hose, or portable fire extinguisher nearby in case of small fires

-Douse used fireworks with water when done and dispose properly according to the label.

***Water Activity Safety

-Review safe boating practices

-Never consume alcohol while driving a boat

-Assure there are enough life preservers for every passenger

-Set water safety rules for your family

-Pools should be enclosed or otherwise have restricted access to unattended children

***Grilling

-Never grill indoors, in a garage, or any other enclosed area that may catch on fire

-Keep the grill at least 10 feet away from any flammable materials

-Keep children away from grills

-Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes, and leaks which can cause fire or explosions.

-Keep a portable fire extinguisher nearby

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