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4th of July Safety Tips

 

Happy 4th of July!

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Many of us celebrate America’s birthday with delicious cookouts and dazzling fireworks.  However you celebrate the 4th of July, here are safety tips for some popular holiday activities to make sure it’s safe for everyone!

Firework Safety Tips:

  • Before setting off any fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area.
  • Don’t allow young children to play with fireworks.  Even sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.  Older children should be permitted to use fireworks only under adult supervision.
  • Fireworks should be set off outdoors in a clear area.  Be sure to ignite them way from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other materials that are flammable.
  • Keeping a bucket of water nearby is great for emergencies and pouring on fireworks that explode or fail to ignite.
  • Always check that other people are at a safe distance before lighting fireworks.

Boating Safety Tips:

  • Have a life jacket readily available for each individual on board.
    • Children under the age of 13 are required to wear life jackets while onboard a boat.
  • Only use special children-size life jackets for children, not adult-size.  Life jackets need to fit children snugly and not allow the child’s chin or ears to slip through.
  • Whether you’re the driver or passenger, drink responsibly while boating.  Being under the influence of alcohol will lead to physical impairments such as balance and reaction time, making the risk of an accident and/or drowning increase.
  • Maintain a safe speed, especially around regulated “No Wake” and “Slow Speed” areas.

Campfire Safety:

  • Always check burning conditions and restrictions before starting a campfire.  Wisconsin burning restrictions by county can be found at the Wisconsin DNR website.
  • Be sure to build campfires away from: power lines, overhanging limbs, buildings, automobiles and equipment.
  • Keep your campfire to a manageable size with a bucket of water close for emergencies.
  • Glass is not a burnable material.  Glass will only heat up and shatter, which is hazardous.

 

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