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Celebrate America Safely

Use care with fireworks, grilling and sun exposure

Your electric cooperative wishes you a safe and happy Independence Day!

To ensure you have the best holiday possible, we’d like to remind you about a few important safety tips from the American Red Cross.

Fireworks With Forethought

Nothing says Fourth of July like a spectacular fireworks display. The safest way to enjoy this part of the celebration is to head to a local fireworks show presented by professionals. But if you must put on your own display, be sure to follow these safety tips:

  • Always follow the instructions on fireworks’ packaging and never give fireworks to small children.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure to wear protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a dud.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children, pets and anything flammable.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

Guarding the Grill

Cookouts are a great way to bring folks together on the Fourth. Whether you’re grilling in your backyard or in a community space, make sure your feast includes a generous portion of fun topped off with safety. We recommend the following safety tips:

  • Supervise the grill at all times.
  • Use the proper tools for cooking on a grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid once the coals have been ignited.
  • Always follow the grill manufacturer’s instructions.

Safe Sun Exposure

Fireworks and cookouts aren’t complete without a sunny day. Here’s hoping we have good weather—and if we do, make sure you enjoy the sun safely:

  • Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply often.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke (hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing).

However you choose to celebrate, your electric cooperative wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July.