Celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence safely this year. Many homes each year in South Florida are damaged by fireworks. Not to mention that thousands of people are injured in accidents related to fireworks. We want your holiday to be happy and safe. Here are a few fireworks safety tips to keep your family and your home safe this year:
Sparkler & Fireworks Safety
Fact: More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year. Take the proper precautions when operating fireworks.
To minimize the risk of injury, don’t use consumer fireworks. Instead, attend one of the many public displays around South Florida.
- Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
- Do not attempt to relight “duds.”
- Don’t point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit.
- Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant.
- Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.
- Never let children handle or light fireworks. Even sparklers, which burn at more than 1,000 degrees, can cause third-degree burns. Kids under the age of 15 account for approximately 40% of fireworks injuries, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
- Always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out fires.
Water Activity Safety
Even fun water activities have serious risks if the proper precautions aren’t taken.
- Review safe boating practices.
- Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
- Before boating, always check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
- Set water safety rules for your family.
- Pools should be enclosed completely with a fence to restrict access to the area. Consider installing wireless outdoor sensors that will alert you via phone or with a chime inside your home if the sensors are activated.
- Keep a first aid kit near the pool.
July is one of the peak months for grilling fires. Enjoy grilling your favorite meals this summer while also keeping your family safe.
- Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes, and leaks.
- Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
- Never grill indoors, in the garage, in any enclosed area or on a surface that might catch fire.
- Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.
With some common sense and planning, the 4th of July can be both safe and enjoyable for everyone. Whether you’re planning a stay-cation or hitting the road, we wish you a wonderful and safe 4th of July – enjoy!