July 4th - Grill and Fireworks Safety


Practice Firework Safety

During celebrations this Thursday, use caution with fireworks by following these safety tips:

  • Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
  • If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.
  • If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water then throw them away.
  • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one that is glass or metal.
  • For more information on Firework safety, visit: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/

Practice Grill Safety 

  • Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited.
  • Declare a three-foot "kid and pet-free zone" around the grill to keep them safe.
  • Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.
  • For more information, see the Grill Safety handout or visit: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/summer.html

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