The July 4th Holiday is the usually the greatest time of summer with picnics and fun with family and friends. Along with the good times usually includes barbequing and fireworks. During this fun-filled day, it is so important that you keep you and your home safe.
A grill fire can cause extensive damage to your home and injury to you and others around you. Follow these tips to help prevent injury and damage:
- Keep your grill outside
- Keep a fire extinguisher close to your grill area
- Do not store flammable liquids (like starter fluid) near the grill
- If your grill is lit, do not leave it unattended
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Keep your lit grill away from low tree branches, deck railings, wood piles or other flammable materials
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, fireworks were involved in 8 deaths and 11,400 injuries treated in US Emergency Rooms in 2013. Also reported were nearly 18,000 reported fires, including structure fires, vehicle fires and outdoor fires.
Some things that can help keep you and your home safe if using outdoor fireworks include:
- Never let children light or handle fireworks
- Do not alter store-bought fireworks
- Know what your fireworks do before you light them (i.e., Do they spin? Do they stay on the ground or move upwards?
- Light fireworks at a safe distance from buildings, vehicles, dry grass or other flammable materials.
- Keep a full bucket of water readily accessible in case of emergency
Even better advice regarding fireworks is to leave them to the professionals. They take measures to ensure a safe fireworks display. Sit back and enjoy the show….keeping you, your loved ones and your home safe from fire and injury.
No matter what you do, have a safe and happy July 4th holiday!