Safety Tips for 4th of July

This weekend before you kick start the fireworks, turn on the grill and join friends and family on our day of independence there are a few things to consider. With children, pets, and other people around taking proper safety precautions is crucial to a safe and fun filled weekend. After all, no one wants to be sitting in a hospital waiting room after an injury while everyone else enjoys the great food and even better fireworks. Here are some safety tips to look out for.

Fireworks

For starters, obey the law! In many places, especially the very dry areas of Texas, fireworks are illegal to buy and use. If this happens to be in your area, do not do it! There is a reason. If you’re not from those areas and fireworks are legal then pop them safely. Do not attempt to alter or combine firework products. Never use homemade fireworks, and report illegal explosives to the nearest police department. Always have water easily accessible as anything can take a turn for the worse. If a

  • Do not attempt to alter or combine firework products. Never use homemade fireworks, and report illegal explosives to the nearest police department. Always have water easily accessible as anything can take a turn for the worse. If a
  • Never use homemade fireworks, and report illegal explosives to the nearest police department. Always have water easily accessible as anything can take a turn for the worse. If a
  • Always have water easily accessible as anything can take a turn for the worse. If a
  • If a firework appears to be a dud, then according to the National Council of Fireworks, wait 20 minutes before approaching the dud. Even then, do not relight it.
  • Your pets are frightened by fireworks much like some pets are scared of thunder. If scared, pets may react by running away or destroying your property if left inside the house by themselves.

Cooking out

Like most Americans on 4th of July, cooking on the grill is a go-to form of hanging out and enjoying some time in the sun. But like with most other activities, safety is always important.

  • Protect yourself from excessive exposure to the sun. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing such as hats, sunscreen, and shades to protect you from those unrelenting rays of sunshine.
  • Be VERY careful of suffering heatstroke or dehydration. Be sure to drink water and try your best to provide or stay under shade to keep cool.
  • Depending on the kind of grill being used, take all necessary safety steps before starting a full fire and getting your grill on.

On the Road

This year is expected to see a large amount of traveling on the roads here in Texas. Every driver should already be fully aware of their surroundings when driving but, during the fourth of July weekend, there are a number of other factors facing drivers. Some include wandering children, pets on the street, people jaywalking and ignoring traffic laws, debris from fireworks and fireworks themselves.

The main thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy your day with friends and family away from danger and in the safety of responsible and fully aware adults. Don’t rain on Uncle Sams parade by suffering an injury on his birthday and follow these links for further safety tips.

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