Home Safety Tips for the 4th of July
On the eve of 4th of July (is that even a thing?) we wanted to write about a few safety precautions that you can take on this fun holiday. While many people might be celebrating America’s birthday at the beach, many homeowners decide to stay home to host barbecues for friends and family.
Independence Day should be a fun and happy day, so you want to make sure that you are taking as many precautions as possible to avoid any accidents that may ruin the day, cause damage to your home or even worse- result in an accident.
So what can you do?
- Keep your grill 15 feet away from any structure. So do not place it against your home, deck, shed or tree.
- Do not allow kids or pets around the grilling area. Establish a no running rule around it, you don’t want it to get knocked down.
- Use long-handled tools to cook!
Fireworks: Did you know that about 20,000 home fires are caused by fireworks each year? The 4th of July can be a dangerous day for any homeowner if you don’t take the right precautions.
- Don’t allow young children to play with fireworks. Allow teens to play with them only under supervision.
- No fireworks inside! This is important!
- Always have a water bucket to put out a fire.
- Don’t try to light fireworks while under the influence of alcohol.
- If the firework is a “dud”, soak it in water, wait 20 minutes and then light it.
- Always read the caution labels before igniting a firework.
- Remain standing while holding a sparkler.
- Don’t throw the sparkler on the ground.
- Don’t run with the sparkler or wave it around.
- After the sparkler has died out, the stick will remain hot a while after, so to dispose of it drop it in a bucket of water.
Remember these safety tips to enjoy a safe 4th of July! We wish you a fun and happy day with your family.