Tips to Keep the Fourth of July Safe and Exciting

With July Fourth just around the corner, this week it seemed appropriate to focus on personal disaster preparedness. We've come up with a few ideas to help you and your family safely celebrate the holiday weekend.

Independence Day image Grill Responsibly


According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are approximately 8,900 fires caused by grills each year. In fact, just last month, a family in Oregon experienced a fire after leaving the grill unattended on their back deck. If you're grilling this weekend, be sure to supervise your grill to prevent any accidental fires.

Exercise Caution When Using Sparklers and Fireworks


When you consider that cakes bake at 350 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees, a sparkler burning at a blistering 1,200 degrees is extremely dangerous. Although it's a fan favorite, take precaution with sparklers this weekend and make sure to keep a safe distance from others to prevent burns.

If you're shooting off fireworks (legally, of course), be sure to set them off a safe distance away from buildings and have a fire extinguisher nearby.

Be Aware of Burn Bans


Before firing up your grill or lighting any sparklers, find out if there are any burn bans in effect in your area. If there are, follow your state's guidelines when participating in Fourth of July festivities that involve fire.

Review these other firework safety tips to help keep your weekend injury-free.