Bonfires, barbecues, decorations, parades, reenactments, parties, and of course, fireworks make Independence Day an especially fun celebration of our nation’s heritage, history, society and people. But be aware that 4th of July is also considered the deadliest of holidays. To make sure your July 4th celebrations safe and accident-free, check out these few tips.
- Check your area’s regulation policy on fireworks. Don’t dare trying if it’s clearly illegal.
- Refrain from buying illegal fireworks. There’s a reason why these fireworks are illegal. To avoid being fined ranging from $500-$1000 or imprisonment or just the cost of damage an illegal firework could cause, make sure to buy only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks.
- If you know you’re not an expert, go instead to the nearest fireworks show.
- Read the directions carefully before lighting up a firework.
- Never use fireworks indoors.
- Use a long stick to light up a firework at a distance.
- Have a bucket of water, water hose, or fire extinguisher ready in case accidents happen.
- Never attempt to re-light or fix busted fireworks. If it didn’t work the first time, immediately wet it with water.
- Keep an eye on your kids when operating fireworks. Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
- Don’t drink and drive. According to Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Fourth of July is the worst day of the year for fatal car crashes.”
- As much as possible, avoid travelling at night when other motorists are likely to have drunk alcohol. According to American Automobile Association, “37.5 million people will drive 50 miles or more from home during the holiday period that stretches from June 30 to July 4”.
- Ensure that meats are properly cooked. Undercooked meat is more likely to be contaminated by bacteria.
- Don’t place cooked food on the same container with the raw.
- Make sure utensils are clean.
- Don’t leave exposed food in longer hours.
- Keep away alcoholic drinks to little kids. Their tummies are much more sensitive that those of adults.
From all of us at Grayson Community Management, have a meaningful and safe Independence Day.