Public Safety Corner

Fourth of July safety tips

by L.A. Webb, Director for Police Services and Public Safety

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy good food and fun with family and friends.  The Fourth of July is one of the most popular summer holidays.  Backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and fireworks are frequent family fun activities to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence. However, injuries and accidents sometimes come along, too. 

Here are a few tips to help you and your family have a safe Fourth of July celebration.

Fireworks

Fires are caused by fireworks every year.  Try these precautions when operating fireworks to lower your risk of injury or an accidental fire:

  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Do not point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others.
  • Do not attempt to light multiple fireworks at the same time.
  • Light fireworks on the ground and not in your hand.
  • Do not allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers without adult supervision
  • Keep a portable fire extinguisher and a water hose nearby to put out fires.

Grilling

Cookouts with grills large and small are a treasured holiday tradition.  Burgers and hotdogs cooked over an open flame are holiday menu mainstays. However, there are certain hazards to watch out for when cooking outdoors. Try these precautions to lower your risk of injury or an accidental fire:

  • Always check gas grill hoses for holes and leaks.
  • Keep children away from grills.
  • Do not grill indoors, in the garage, or in any enclosed area that might catch fire.
  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.

Here’s to wishing you and your loved ones a fun, safe and memorable Fourth of July holiday!