Happy Birthday America!
It's Summer 2014, and boy am I glad to be back in the Huff Insurance office this summer. Now that it’s just about that time for my favorite holiday, the Fourth of July! What’s better than a great BBQ cookout on the Fourth? Nothing. The weather, the food, pools, boats, swimming, and of course fireworks… you can’t beat it! As much fun as much fun as all the activities on Independence Day are, you have to keep in mind; you’re literally playing with fire all day. Each year many Americans unfortunately find that out the hard way, suffering damage to their homes and even some serious injuries to themselves using grills and fireworks.
Grilling is a great, fun way to cook and spend time with friends, but is best when safe. You can prevent grilling accidents by just taking a few simple precautions.
Gas or Charcoal Grills
- Your grill should be on a level surface away from anything that could be ignited by the flames (bushes, fences, etc.)
- Use long utensils and dress appropriately.
- NEVER use a grill indoors
- Keep your grill clean and well-maintained. Check parts regularly and clean grates after each use.
- Never leave a hot grill unattended or let children play near it.
- Do not add lighter fluid directly on coals, and never use gasoline or kerosene.
- To dispose of coals, allow the ashes to cool for at least 48 hours before disposal in a non-combustible container. If you cannot wait 48 hours, carefully place coals individually in a can of sand or bucket of water.
- Check grill hoses for leaks each year- apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If you have a leak, and it will not stop after the grill and gas is turned off, call the fire department. If the leak stops when the grill and gas are turned off, have your grill serviced by a professional.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
- Do not keep a filled propane tank in a hot car or trunk. When getting containers refilled, make that your last stop before going home.
- Store propane tanks in an upright position, and never indoors.
What’s more American then lighting off fireworks when the sun goes down on July 4th? Follow these simple precautions to ensure your fireworks extravaganza will be the safest on the block.
- Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks. Only adults should handle and light the fireworks.
- Do not use alcohol with fireworks.
- Follow your local and state laws regarding the possession and use of fireworks, and use good common sense.
- Always light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure the stability of the products.
- Use the fireworks in a clear, open space away from buildings and vehicles, making sure the overhead area is free from obstructions.
- Never put your head or any part of your body over the top of any fireworks. Never look into a tube to check on the firework. Never hold an ignited firework in your hand.
- Use care when lighting the fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any "dud" fireworks.
- Always have a readily accessible fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water near your launch site for emergencies. A connected hose is the best water source.
- Never aim, point or throw any fireworks at another person or at property.
- Only use fireworks outdoors.
- Be careful using fireworks around animals.
- Buy fireworks only from reliable, licensed fireworks dealers.
- Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place; and dispose of fireworks properly.
Source: Phantom Fireworks
The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, and hopefully it’s one of yours as well. We just want to ensure you have the safest and best Fourth of July celebration!
On behalf of all of us at Huff Insurance, have a happy Fourth of July, and a great rest of your summer!
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