The month of July is a favorite time for many of us. It’s the middle of summer, the kids are out of school and, of course, we celebrate Independence Day! Many of us celebrate our nation’s independence with grilled burgers and hot dogs, homemade ice cream and other sweet treats—and, needless to say, fireworks. It’s a time for fellowship with family and friends, but at your electric cooperative, we also want to make sure our members focus on safety.
Nothing says Independence Day like a spectacular fireworks display. The safest way to enjoy this part of the celebration is to head to a local fireworks show. But, if you want to put on your own show at home (and you’ve confirmed it’s legal and there are no burn bans), be sure to follow these safety tips:
- Always follow the instructions on the fireworks’ packaging and never give fireworks to 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 and pets.
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
Cookouts are a great way to bring folks together on the Fourth. Whether you are grilling in your backyard or at a community park, make sure your feast includes a generous portion of fun and a side helping of safety. Remember to:
- Supervise your grill at all times and use the proper tools for cooking on a grill.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when the coals have already been ignited.
- Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions when using grills.
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 are practicing sun safety by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (and reapplying often), wearing sunglasses and drinking plenty of water.