Stay safe this Fourth of July

Stay safe while enjoying the Fourth of July holiday.

Participating in the festivities of the Fourth of July is an exciting time for all of us, but BBQs and fireworks can present dangers to ruin the day. By following a few precautions you can make sure that your friends and family stay safe.

Follow these tips when using fireworks:

  • Attend public fireworks displays. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by watching displays conducted by community-hired professional pyrotechnicians.
  • Children should always be supervised by an adult. Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (982 degrees Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.
  • Keep a safe distance from others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
  • Always have a bucket of water handy.
  • Don’t try to relight or “fix” firework launching displays while fireworks are lit.
  • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.

Prevent unwanted BBQ fires by following these precautions:

  • Place a grill away from structures and areas of dry wood or grass.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from grills.
  • Never apply lighter fluid to a lit grill.
  • Don’t wear loose fitting clothing when grilling.
  • Discard used coals in a safe container and only after they have thoroughly cooled.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

— Fermilab Fire Department