Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This weekend as we observe our independence, many of us will be celebrating with our family and friends. This might include a road trip, a barbeque or two, and let’s not forget the fireworks!
Here at Wren, we love celebrating! Here are some helpful tips that can help you and yours celebrate this holiday weekend the safest way possible.
- The safest option when it comes to enjoying fireworks is to never light them yourself or on your own property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the best way to protect yourself and your home is to simply not use fireworks at home. Instead, opt for a public display that is conducted by professionals.
- If you or others decide to use consumer fireworks, strictly follow the instructions. Ensure that it is legal in your state as well as approved of in your local area.
- Do not expose bare skin or wear loose clothing if you are near fireworks or sparklers.
- Always have a responsible adult supervising the area if any fireworks, sparklers, or any other flames are present. Teenagers, children, or even absent-minded adults are more likely to get themselves or others seriously injured. Kids under the age of 15 account for approximately 40% of fireworks injuries, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
- Ensure that fireworks and other such flames are not being used near any combustible materials including homes, buildings, tree limbs, palmetto leaves, or grass.
- Be sure to update yourself on your current insurance policies before making any travel plans. It is important to understand exactly what coverage you have, and update all of your vehicles and drivers on said policies before leaving.
- If possible, do not travel alone. Traveling alone can result in distracted driving, and nobody wants an accident to ruin their weekend! Having another person in your vehicle will allow you to be free from texting, adjusting the air conditioner, navigating, and yes, you might even have to give up your DJ position.
- Be aware of your surroundings, and make decisions accordingly. Fourth of July weekend is such a frequent time to travel; however, try to plan your driving around the safest times to do so. This may include extending your trip a day, not driving around at night, and keeping an eye out for any distracted or impaired drivers on the road.
- Only use barbeque tools and utensils that have long handles.
- Never leave your grill unattended or near children and pets.
- Always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, 10,200 home fires per year are started by grills, the majority of which occur in the month of July. These fires result in an average of 160 civilian injuries and $123 million of direct property damage! In order to avoid these catastrophes, it is suggested that you keep a 3-foot safety zone around your grill at all times.
Our independence is something that was fought for and deserves to be celebrated! We hope these tips are useful in keeping you and your family safe this Fourth of July weekend.