Family safety comes first
The 4th of July holiday is the perfect time for friends and family to get together and enjoy good food, fun games, interesting conversation and, of course, the fireworks. Even though celebrating America is a ton of fun, it can also be dangerous.
Stay safe and celebrate
Follow these 4th of July safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe this holiday.
Leave fireworks to the pros
Though it's tempting to set off fireworks and play with sparklers in your own backyard, don't do it. Severe burns, blindness and even death can be caused by the misuse of fireworks at 4th of July celebrations. Tom Harned, property risk field manager with Liberty Mutual Insurance and volunteer firefighter, urges people to leave the fireworks to the professionals.
"When it comes to fireworks, you are literally playing with fire — and in many states, you may even be breaking the law," says Harned. "The best choice is to pack a picnic basket and catch some of the amazing fireworks displays hosted by professionals in your community. Or, enjoy professional fireworks from the comfort of your own home, such as this year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which will air on CBS on July 4 at 10 p.m. If you do choose to enjoy consumer fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area. Dress smart — no bare skin or loose clothing if you are near fireworks. Always use fireworks away from buildings, overhead branches or trees, dry grass, or combustible fuels. Keep a water hose or fire extinguisher in reach and know how to use it."
You should never point fireworks at another person or attempt to re-light fireworks. Use only state-approved, legal fireworks. Harned also warns to keep kids and pets away from fireworks at all times. Lighters, candles, matches, punks and other flames should be kept track of at all times and kept away from the kids. Also, keep your alcoholic beverages out of reach if you're imbibing. Small children and even pets can get into them and can get critically ill with just a small amount.
4th of July grilling safety
Quick tip: Avoid playing games with flying objects like baseballs, basketballs or Frisbees anywhere around the grill, torches or candles.
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4th of July driving safety
The 4th of July holiday is full of barbecues, picnics, family fun and fireworks. Unfortunately, the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths rises significantly on Independence Day too. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, from 2006 through 2010, 4th of July was the deadliest day on roads across the U.S. with more than 700 people killed across the nation on those five holidays. Stay safe on 4th of July with these driving safety tips.
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No matter what you do with your family on 4th of July, have fun with your kids and be sure to stay safe!
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