4th of July Home Safety Tips
When I think of the 4th of July I think of backyard BBQs, friends and family, ice cold beer, and streets streaming with fireworks. Celebrating our great nation’s Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. However, with all the fun and celebration we will be doing this weekend we must not forget about the precautions we must take to keep our holiday a safe one. Here are some 4th of July home safety tips to keep your Independence Day celebration free from worry.
- Move the grill away from the house. No grill (whether gas, charcoal or electric) should ever be operated against the house siding.
- Inspect areas where guests will park and remove or repair any objects or structures that my cause a tripping hazard.
- If you have a pool double check that all gates and latches close properly and cannot be accidentally left open. Pool fence gates should have automatic closer springs to ensure that they close automatically.
- Check all exterior lighting during the day and replace any bulbs that aren’t of sufficient voltage.
Firework Safety Tips
- Learn your local or county requirements for use of consumer fireworks. The legal limit of explosive material is 50 mg (about the size of an aspirin tablet). Any item containing more than 50 mg is considered illegal and should be avoided such as Cherry Bombs, M-80’s and Silver Salutes.
- Always buy fireworks from an established retail outlet. Be cautious when buying from roadside tents and firework stands.
- Always read and follow label instructions.
- Always have an adult present.
- Only ignite fireworks outdoors in cleared areas away from houses, trees, grassy fields and any material that is flammable.
- Keep buckets of water or a nearby hose handy in case of an emergency.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them in water and throw them away. Faulty fireworks have the potential of igniting unexpectedly.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Store fireworks in a cool and dry area.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Always soak fireworks that have been lit in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash.
Reference: OSHA, Examiner.com
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