Whether you are planning to celebrate at the beach, pool, or your Texas home, ensure you take the time to prepare for a safe and fun-filled weekend. In order to keep your family protected this holiday, follow these simple Fourth of July safety tips:
Sparkler and Fireworks Safety
Fireworks are an essential finale to any Fourth of July celebration. Unfortunately, this activity is also a common safety and fire hazard when conducted at home. It’s important to prepare for an incident free firework experience at your gathering this year. Here are tips on firework safety, including guidance from The National Council on Fireworks Safety.
- Use fireworks in a safe, outdoor area that is dry, fire-resistant and away from buildings and vehicles
- Never point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others
- Closely monitor the use of sparklers with your children
- Never relight a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
- Always keep a portable fire extinguisher and water close by
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day
At the peak of summer, the coolest way to spend the holiday is in the water. Make sure you are prepared for safe water activities with these tips, including recommendations from the American Red Cross.
- Always review safe boating practices with all individuals that will be in or near the water
- Never consume alcohol while using water vehicles
- Always ensure there are enough life preservers available if needed
- Ensure the pool is enclosed to restrict who can and cannot enter the pool
- Always have a first aid kit available near the pool
- Ensure a responsible adult or lifeguard is present for all water activities
- Stay hydrated and keep water available
- Establish family swimming rules and enforce them. For example, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to have breath-holding contests
We all enjoy a classic hot dog or cheeseburger fresh off the grill. Make sure your family is using the proper safety precautions in order to reduce fire or burn risks. Follow these tips, including precautions from the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association.
- Check gas grill lines for cracks, holes, and leaks
- Make sure that children are monitored and stay a safe distance away from the grill
- Never grill indoors, in the garage, an enclosed area, or close to any surface that could catch fire
- Make sure the grill is at least two feet away from decks, siding, or outdoor equipment
- Use long-handled, grill specific utensils to prevent burns or splatters
At Hawk Security, our priority is your family’s security. This year, celebrate America’s independence with peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your friends and family.