Fourth of July Safety

The Fourth of July symbolizes the day that the United States declared itself an independent nation.

The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776 and devised by Thomas Jefferson.

July 4th symbolizes the birth of our great country.

Many American’s celebrate the holiday weekend by gathering with friends and family and taking part in activities like lighting fireworks, barbequing and swimming.

In order for everyone to have a healthy, happy and safe holiday we remind you that there can be an increase in accidents in and around your home.

Here are some tips to make your family’s Fourth of July celebrations safe.

If you hang a flag, there is proper etiquette when both handling and hanging the American flag.

  • Hang the flag in the morning and be sure to take it down around sunset
  • If you have a spotlight, be sure to illuminate the stars and stripes
  • If you have multiple flags on the same flag pole, be sure that the American flag is at the top
  • Do not let the flag touch the ground
  • Do not fly the flag upside down

Fireworks

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission suggests if you intend to use fireworks, follow these tips:

  • Have a bucket of water or a garden hose on hand in case of an emergency
  • Never re-light or pick up a firework that didn’t go off, it could be faulty and still go off when you’re not expecting it to
  • Light fireworks one at a time, on a flat, dry surface; you’re not a professional and you likely don’t have the back-up of a fire department like the professionals

BBQ Grilling

Cookouts are a July 4th staple. However, there are some safety concerns about grilling.

  • To avoid an explosion, keep the lid open before you light the grill, this allows the gas to flow freely.
  • Don’t wait for the gas to build up, light it as soon as you turn the gas on.
  • It’s smart to keep your grill at least three to five feet away from your house: That way, if there is a fire, it doesn’t spread.
  • And, of course, follow the instructions on your grill or propane tank — they’re always printed right on the side.

Swimming

If you see someone drowning:

  • Scream for someone to call 911
  • Even as your instincts tell you to jump in after someone in the pool, it’s not a good idea, because they can pull you under.  Use a life preserver or a skimmer for them to grab hold of.
  • Check if they are breathing, if not, roll them over and start CPR.

Being aware of your surrounding can make all of the difference in keeping you and your guests safe.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday.

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