Fourth of July safety tips for all!

Happy Independence Day! Celebrate America’s birthday with friends and family. However, along with all the fun, put safety first. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, attending a pool party, or watching the fireworks, keep your loved ones secure with these safety tips.

Barbecue Safety:

·       Always grill outside. Barbecuing inside isn’t only a fire hazard, but the grill can release toxic chemicals that can be lethal if not properly ventilated.

·       Never leave the grill unattended. It only takes a matter of seconds for an accident to get out of hand. Keep a watchful eye and keep kids and pets far away from the flames.

·       Don’t overload the grill. Putting too much meat on the grill can lead to too much grease, increasing your chances of a fire. Be mindful of how much you’re grilling, and always clean the grill after use.

Pool Safety:

·       Never swim alone and never let kids in the pool without adult supervision. That way there’s always someone around to help out.

·       Establish the pool rules, before the party gets started. No running or diving into the pool to keep everyone safe.

·       Wear sunscreen. Encourage anyone spending time outside to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30.

Fireworks Safety:

·       Check your local ordinances. In many states, the use of fireworks is illegal. Before you decide to buy your own, check to verify that it’s legal.

·       Check drought conditions. Even if it’s legal to use fireworks, drought conditions increase your risk of fire. Don’t use them if there’s a high risk for fires.

·       Never let children use fireworks. Protect delicate ear drums and wear earplugs.

·       When using fireworks, dispose of them properly. Let them soak in water for at least 20 minutes before disposing of them.

·       Be mindful of your pets. Loud noises can be scary. Prevent your pets from running away or getting into trouble and keep them safely inside.

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