Fourth of July weekend safety tips

Published 11:25 pm Sunday, July 5, 2015

By Betty Ramsey

At the mention of the Fourth of July, I begin to anticipate barbecue, fresh corn, the gathering of family and friends, and of course fireworks. It doesn’t bring to mind tragic accidents that could have been avoided. Unfortunately for some, the Fourth of July weekend will bring just that.

You can prevent many tragedies and ensure your celebration is a happy one by following some simple safety guidelines.

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If you drink, don’t drive. Call a cab, a friend, have a designated driver, stay put. You don’t need to get anywhere so badly that you put yourself and others in danger. Same thing goes for boating. Just say no.

Fireworks are dangerous and need to be supervised at all times. Sparklers seem harmless but did you know that they can burn at up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s hot enough to catch a little one’s clothes on fire, burn toes or singe fingers. Be observant and keep water handy just in case something goes awry.

If you hold a barbeque be sure you keep your food safe by observing this simple rule – keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. No one wants a dose of salmonella with their potato salad.

Always maintain safe practices when grilling. Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. Keep the grill well away from your home, decks and out from under tree branches.  Never add charcoal fluid or flammable liquids to the fire.

Be safe this weekend and have a wonderful Fourth of July celebration that leaves you with great memories to enjoy for years to come.