- Jul 3, 2018
Tomorrow marks that time of year when we break out our grills, lawns chairs and festive food. Since 1777, American’s have set off fireworks on July 4th to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Yet, according to USAGov, more than 250 people go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries in the days surrounding the holiday. This unofficial start of summer means we need to take proper safety precautions with everything from fireworks safety to water and grill safety.
In line with our Gilbane Cares safety initiative, we compiled some safety tips below to ensure your family has a safe and memorable holiday and summer season.
- Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
- If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.
- If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them; douse and soak them with water then throw them away.
- Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.
- Open your gas grill before lighting.
- Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited.
- Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.
- Keep children away from the grill.
- According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one in five pets goes missing after being scared by loud noises. Turning on some soft music and moving your pet inside to a room with no windows can be helpful.
- Resist the urge to take them to July 4th festivities by keeping them safe at home.
- Place your pet in a secure area during barbecues and picnics, as they can easily escape in the bustle of a party.
- An anxiety vest may work in some cases: if you don’t have one, try a snug fitting t-shirt.
- Review safe boating practices and never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
- Before boating, always check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
- Pools should be enclosed completely with a fence to restrict access to the area. Consider installing wireless outdoor sensors that will alert you inside your home if the sensors are activated.
- Keep a first aid kit and resuscitation instructions near the pool.
- Always supervise children when swimming or near water.
You can find more information and tips on being fire safe this Fourth of July, by visiting https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/summer.html.