Staying Safe & Aware on 4th of July

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, bringing friends and family together to honor the birth of our nation. By taking a few precautions, you can ensure that this holiday remains enjoyable for everyone.

Fireworks: If you choose to use fireworks, confirm local wildfire control regulations and follow all safety instructions. Be mindful of traffic and uneven surfaces if you’re lighting them in the street. Remember to maintain a safe distance from people and flammable objects like fences, rooftops, dry grass, and clothing. Consider wearing safety glasses to reduce risk from sparks or sharp objects such as sparkler wires. Don’t forget to have two buckets of water nearby: one to douse used fireworks and one for emergencies.

Grilling: Always barbeque outdoors in a well-ventilated area and keep the grill away from flammable materials. Be sure to check propane tanks for damage that might have occurred over the winter. Use long-handled tools and oven mitts to protect yourself from burns and keep charcoal lighting fluid away from children and pets.

Water: If you’re boating, ensure everyone wears appropriate life jackets, and check tenders and jet skis for gas leaks. Refresh the food and water in onboard survival kits. Reduce or avoid alcohol consumption while operating a boat or engaging in water sports, and never swim alone or in restricted areas. If you’re leaving town, ensure your pool or jacuzzi are secure to reduce temptation of neighborhood kids and animals.

Alcohol Awareness: If you choose to drink, do so in moderation and never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver or use ride-sharing services to ensure everyone's safety. Check out these non-alcoholic drinks (opens a new window)that are both fun and festive.

Embrace the spirit of independence conscientiously, ensuring that this festive occasion is filled with joy, laughter, and cherished moments for years to come.