July 4th is a popular tradition in the U.S. that comes with lots of celebration, good times, and, of course fireworks. It’s a great time to enjoy family and friends, whether at home or at a public fireworks display. Either way, safety and a few ground rules should be a priority.
You can still have great fun and be responsible about it. Here are some tips to make your 4th of July celebration both fun and memorable without worries of accidents or trips to the ER.
If you’re attending a public fireworks exhibition, which is considered the safest way to enjoy the holiday, stay at least 500 feet away from the show.
If you’re doing fireworks at home, follow these good safety tips and keep it fun, not risky.
- Do NOT give fireworks to small children, ever.
- Keep a supply of water nearby in case you need it.
- The person lighting fireworks should always wear eye protection.
- Light one firework at a time and do NOT attempt to relight a dud.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
- Leave the area immediately if untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
Another favorite pastime for the July 4th holiday is grilling. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill are a tasty treat for all. Again, follow safety steps to enjoy grilling without mishaps.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when it is in use.
- Never grill indoors or in any enclosed area, whether it’s your house, camper or tent.
- Keep pets and children away from the grill.
- Locate your grill in an open area, away from the house, deck, trees, or anything flammable.
- Use long-handled tools made for cooking on the grill.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
It’s always a good idea to check with your independent insurance agent about your homeowner’s policy and what it covers before having a houseful of revelers in your backyard firing off mini-rockets. Better safe than sorry. Happy and Safe 4th!