Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety Tips from Michele Rejonis and Jeanne Dedo

Fireworks, barbecues, swimming, fun times with family and friends...that's probably what comes to mind with thoughts of the 4th of July. But without precautions, those fun times can quickly turn tragic. We are fortunate in the Ohio Valley in that there are many opportunities to view fireworks displays put on by professionals, but if you feel that you want to conduct your own displays, please keep in mind the following safety tips for a happy celebration:

  • Don't let small children handle fireworks and remember that sparklers are not necessarily "safe" as they burn to temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven't full ignited.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a hose or a bucket of water handy in case of a mishap.
  • Youngsters should always supervision.
  • Fireworks and alcohol don't mix.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

While celebrating the 4th, please remember that the canine members of your Picnic food.jpgfamily may not be as excited about the fireworks displays as you are. As crowds "oohh" and "ahhh," the sound of "bombs bursting in air" may cause your four-legged friends to become stressed. Bordas & Bordas dogs, Barley and Guinness, would like to remind you that more dogs run away from home on July 4th compared to any other day of the year as they attempt to seek shelter and escape the loud noises. The safest place for your pet during all fireworks displays is inside your home.

Certainly, no one wants to think about their best friend running away, but it's good to be prepared just in case. It could ensure their safe return home. Make sure your dog is wearing dog tags. Terrified animals could end up miles from home. Have a recent picture of them ready in case it is necessary for distribution and never leave your dog outside. Even if your yard is fenced in, dogs may still try to escape and could become injured in the process.

Before the fireworks kick off, many of us will be partaking in plenty of great food. As we dig in, be cognizant of proper food preparation and storage. Be sure those burgers are cooked thoroughly to temps that will kill illness-causing bacteria and keep the picnic foods like potato salad cool to avoid spoiling. And remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

As we look towards the coming days of friends, family, food and fireworks, have fun, but do it safely. Happy 4th!