#Ka-Boom: Independence Day Safety

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, backyard barbecues, trips to the lake. Whatever you have planned, it is important that you follow safety precautions so you can enjoy the holiday with your friends and family.

Below are some tips from the American Red Cross on how to stay safe this 4th of July.

FIREWORK SAFETY 

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

  • Light only one firework at a time and never 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 any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

GRILLING SAFETY

Every year people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.

  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.

  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

SUN PROTECTION 

  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15, & reapply sunscreen often

  • Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty

  • Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them

  • Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight

  • Protect the feet – sparks from fireworks can burn them, and glass and other sharp objects can cut them

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