Fourth of July Safety Tips

shutterstock_140378605The Fourth of July is this weekend, and many families are finalizing their plans. No matter what your activity, be sure to take precautions to ensure your holiday is happy and safe.


  • Always read the grill’s instruction manual, no matter how simple you may think operation is. If you’ve lost it, most manufacturers have digital versions available on their website.

  • Be wary of the grill’s location. In Charlotte, grills cannot be used on balconies or within 10 feet of multi-family residences. Similar precautions should be taken near single family and townhomes as even flameless high temperatures can melt vinyl siding and smoke can cause other damage (including to your lungs!). Also be mindful of where people will be sitting and children will be playing. Your manual will most likely have a minimum distance.

  • Before lighting, do a safety check of the grill. Ensure it is free of grease that can cause flare ups, that gas flow is unobstructed, and so on.

  • Be prepared – Have a fire extinguisher or at the very least, a garden hose on hand. Never leave the grill unattended.


  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or near the water. In addition, teach your children water safety and how to swim.

  • Always have a phone handy in case of emergency.

  • Learn CPR and pool rescue procedures.

  • Ensure all pool equipment is operating properly and is in compliance – including safety drain covers.


  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, and always have an adult supervise older children. Don’t forget that sparklers can cause burns as well!

  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose on hand in case of mishaps.

  • Never place your body above a firework when lighting a fuse, and don’t aim fireworks at another person, animals, landscaping, or structures.

  • Douse spent devices with water after they have completed burning.

  • Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket as friction can ignite them.

  • Do not light fireworks in metal or glass containers.

  • Never relight a dud.


Open Water & Watercrafts

  • Always wear a properly fitted lifejacket. Recreational boats must carry a lifejacket for each person on board, and children should wear one at all times.  Adults who are not strong swimmers should wear one as well.

  • Understand swimming in open water is more difficult than swimming in a pool, and advise children of the dangers of open water.

  • Open water tends to be murky – always be aware of drop-offs.

  • Stay hydrated as dehydration can cause weakness and tiredness, both dangers when swimming

  • Perform a safety inspection of your watercraft before launching it. Ensure phones and radios are operational, life jackets meet US Coast Guard regulations, and life saving devices are easily available.

  • Take a boat safety and operation course.

  • Don’t forget about the dangers of carbon monoxide on watercraft, and know the signs.

From: Maintenance Specialists

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