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How to have a safe 4th of July celebration?

How to have a safe 4th of July celebration? The 4th of July is the perfect excuse for friends and family to gather around the grill to enjoy burgers, hot dogs, or a hearty rack of ribs. Independence Day just wouldn’t-would only be complete with fireworks. While some families enjoy watching professional displays, others get excited about setting off their colorful explosions to delight both young and old.
However, knowing two key statistics is crucial to ensure your celebration is safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. Additionally, fireworks cause about 19,500 fires annually in the U.S.
With that in mind, here are some essential safety tips to help you avoid turning a celebration into a day of disaster.
Grilling Safety Tips:

  • Never leave the grill unattended. Make sure a responsible adult is always present.
  • Keep children away from the grill. They should not operate it, touch hot surfaces, or handle gas controls.
  • Establish a kid-free zone of at least three feet around the grill.
  • Set up the grill on a stable surface, away from overhanging branches, wooden walls, curtains, or fabric furniture.
  • Use long-handled utensils and heat-resistant gloves.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or a fire blanket nearby. If you’ve never used a fire extinguisher before, read the manufacturer’s instructions to familiarize yourself with its operation.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Never light fireworks indoors.
  • Do not allow minors to light fireworks.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer instructions carefully.
  • Keep fireworks away from the grilling area.
  • Do not store leftover fireworks. Soak them in water for at least a day before disposal.

It’s important to remember that a standard homeowner’s insurance policy covers fire damage, but it may not cover damage caused by negligence.
Happy Independence Day! How to have a safe 4th of July celebration?

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