Jun 29

Firework and Grilling Safety Tips for Your July 4th BBQ

FireworksThe 4th of July is a time for parties, fun and celebration. The best type of holiday is a safe one. Many people are headed to firework shows, home cook-outs and pool parties. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday. Here are some tips to keep you out of our urgent care centers this weekend.

 Fireworks

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professionally hosted public show. Always remember to stay at  least 500 feet away from the where the fireworks are being lit. While fireworks are outlawed in many  states, here are some tips to keep in mind for firework shows at home, when they are legal.

  • Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place, away from pets and children.
  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Always where eye protection when lighting fireworks.
  • Keep a supply of water close by.
  • Never attempt to relight a “dud” firework.
  • Never throw, point or place a firework near people, pets, children, vehicles or any other flammable structures.
  • Never let untrained amateurs light fireworks.

Grilling

Nothing quite beats a grilled hot dog on the 4th of July. Follow these simple steps below to make sure the only thing being grilled is food.

  • Never grill indoors or in any enclosed area.
  • Make sure all guests, children and pets keep a safe distance from the grill.
  • Keep the grill a safe distance away from anything that could catch fire – house, trees, deck…
  • Always supervise a grill in use.
  • Use grilling tools with long handles, ensuring the chef is safe.
  • Never add lighter fluid to a charcoal grill that is already lit.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.

 

Resources:

American Red Cross

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention