With all the Fourth of July celebrations this weekend, remember to be safe and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Independence Day is a highlight of the summer and for many people there’s a lot of excitement around setting off colorful fireworks and grilling outdoors. As you plan your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends, I wanted to share a few safety tips to ensure your holiday weekend is a safe one, too.
Fireworks – Leave them to the Pros
Sadly, every year there are many injuries and deaths caused by amateur firework use. We ask that you leave the fireworks to the professionals this weekend, and remember:
- Sparklers are not toys. They can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit - hot enough to melt some metals.
- In case pieces of fireworks end up near you after an event, leave them alone. Some may still be ignited and can explode.
- Stand several feet away from the professionals lighting fireworks; fireworks can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
Remember to Grill Safely
By taking a few fire safety precautions when grilling, you can keep those around the grill safe:
- Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors. Using them indoors or in any enclosed spaces (such as tents), poses a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep, matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
I hope that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. For more information, visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s summer and firework safety pages.