Five Tips to Stay Safe This 4th Of July

 In Personal Injury

american flagWhat’s a better way to start the summer than celebrating with friends and family! Every year on the Fourth of July families and friends get together and celebrate with a cookout and fireworks. While these events can be a lot of fun for people of all ages, it is important to remember the following safety tips!

  1. Boating Safety: This is extremely important if your family is celebrating by taking the boat out for the day! Before heading out make sure there are enough life preservers for each person that is on the boat. It would also be wise to review safe boating practices to help prevent any accident! Keep in mind that the driver of the boat should never be drinking!
  2. Pool Safety: If you are celebrating the weekend by the pool make sure that any child going into the water has proper adult supervision! Also make sure there are safety rules listed by the pool so that everyone understands what they shouldn’t or should be doing. It is always a good idea to have a first aid kit somewhere close to the pool just in case of an accident.  
  3. Grilling Safety: An essential part of a cookout is the food! Before you start grilling always check your gas grill hoses for any leaks, cracks or holes. Family cookouts can mean little kids running around and playing. Be sure to keep young children away from the gas grill when it is in use! You also want to be sure to keep the grill AT LEAST two feet away from structures that could easily catch fire. Some examples would be; a deck, branches, or outdoor furniture. The month of July has one of the highest percentages for grilling fires so this is an important tip to follow!
  4. Sparkler Safety: Sparklers can be fun for all ages but they get very hot and can be very dangerous! This is especially true when it comes to young children. Never allow a young child to handle their own sparkler and never point the sparkler at yourself of close to another person.
  5. Firework Safety: Fireworks are a big part of the Fourth of July celebration but if handled incorrectly they can be extremely dangerous! Never attempt to build your own firework or take apart a preexisting firework. If you are lighting of fireworks make sure you only light them on the ground and away from the house or any other structure that may catch fire.

*DID YOU KNOW: More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year! To help prevent this make sure to always have a fire extinguisher close by as well as a water hose or buckets of water just in case something goes wrong.

This weekend enjoy time with your family as you celebrate Independence Day! If you are cooling off in the water, grilling up some burgers and hot dogs, or setting off fireworks make sure to follow these simple safety tips to prevent any harm or injury! Most importantly have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

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