Millions of Americans look forward to their Fourth of July ventures each year. With the holiday just a days away, many will get a head start on celebrating with family and friends.
If preparing to play hard during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, we hope you have fun while exercising safety tips to avoid unwanted emergency room visits and other unnecessary misfortunes.
Holiday Weekend Safety Tips
Fireworks Safety- Over the past few years, safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limited the sizes and types allowed. Typically the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If your family and friends prefer to have fireworks at home, consider these safety tips:
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Always supervise older children with sparklers to ensure they are handling them safely.
- Always keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
- Place used fireworks in a bucket of water.
- Light only one firework at a time and avoid attempting to relight “duds.”
- Light all fireworks in a sectioned off area of the street or sidewalk away from trees, people, vehicles, animals and homes.
Grilling & Food safety- Many of us will celebrate with tasty food from the grill on Fourth of July. The designated chef of your family or group of friends may have mastered cooking the perfect burger, but do they know how to avoid barbecue mishaps and improper food handling? Encourage those cooking your food to follow these food handling tips:
- Always thaw meat and poultry before grilling or smoking it.
- If needing to defrost rapidly, use the microwave but smoke or grill the meat immediately after since some areas may begin to cook during the defrosting.
- Always marinate the food in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Use a clean platter to put cooked chicken and meat on.
- Discard any food left out for more than two hours. (In high temperatures, discard after 30 min to an hour of being left out).
Campfire Safety- Smokey the Bear reminds us that if we are camping during Fourth of July weekend, it’s our responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish the campfire.
Follow these safety tips while:
Maintaining Your Campfire
- Once the fire is strong and going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily.
- Keep your fire to a manageable size.
- Never leave the campfire unattended.
- Make sure children and pets are supervised when near fire.
Extinguishing Your Campfire
- Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
- Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers.
- Pour water until hissing sound stops.
- Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.
- Stir and make sure everything is wet and cold to the touch.