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Celebrate safely this July 4th


While you spend this Independence Day with family and friends on the water, downtown for a parade or in the park for a spectacular display of pyrotechnics, remember, celebrate safely. 

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. However, if you decide to put on your own show, follow these safety tips: 

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area.
  • Keep water handy in case of fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
  • Never re-light or pick up fireworks that did not fully ignite.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Sparklers burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees – hot enough to cause a third degree burn.
  • Bring your pets inside.

You could also be having fun in the sun with delicious barbeque or celebrating on the water.

Remember to: 

  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  • Keep children and pets away from grilling areas if cooking outside.
  • Place your grill well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • While on the water, always wear a life jacket.
  • Make sure your boat is properly equipped and that all required equipment is functioning properly.
  • Boating and alcohol do not mix. Along with decreasing the operator's ability to make good judgments, the consumption of alcohol negatively affects the ability of passengers to respond in case of an emergency.
  • Lookout for other boats and bad weather.

For more safety tips, visit the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Corporate Editorial Team