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Go Fourth Safely

Have a safe and happy holiday with these tips

July is a favorite time of the year for a lot of folks. And what’s not to like? It’s the middle of summer, the kids are out of school and, of course, we celebrate our country’s independence.

The Fourth of July is a chance to celebrate with grilled burgers, hot dogs, brisket, homemade ice cream, other sweet treats—and fireworks.

This is a time for fellowship with family and friends, but at your electric cooperative, we also want to make sure our members focus on safety.

To ensure you have the best Fourth of July possible, we would like to remind you about a few important safety tips.


Fireworks With Forethought

The safest way to enjoy the celebration is to head to a local fireworks show presented by professionals. Let’s face it: A curated fireworks show is much more spectacular than most people’s backyard renditions. But if you must put on your own amateur 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 such as a hose 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 kids and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Make sure that there are no overhead power lines nearby.

Guarding the Grill

Cookouts are a great way to bring folks together on the holiday. Whether you’re grilling in your backyard or at a community park, make sure your feast includes a generous portion of safety:

  • Supervise your grill at all times, and keep children well clear of it.
  • 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 wouldn’t be complete without a sunny day. Here’s hoping we have good weather—and if we do, make sure you practice sun safety:

  • Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply often, or cover your skin with light, protective layers.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke (hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing). If you observe someone with symptoms of heat stroke, call 911.

However you choose to celebrate, your co-op wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July!