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The 4th of July is a time for food, family and fireworks, but it’s possible to celebrate too hard.

It doesn’t matter if you’re taking your celebration on the road or inviting people over to your apartment, it’s important to keep safety first. Be sure you’re following these basic 4th of July safety tips.

Fireworks

This is the one everything thinks when you say 4th of July safety – and for good reason. Fireworks are where you’re likely going to find the greatest possibility of injury. While fireworks are always fun, there are some important things to remember.

First, check to make sure fireworks are even allowed in your town and apartment complex. Even if you are taking extreme safety measures, a visit from the police or your landlord can quickly put a damper on your celebration.

If fireworks are allowed in your area, you can make sure you are keeping your family and apartment safe by finding a location that’s away from buildings and people to set them off. Remember, fireworks are explosives and can cause a lot of damage. You don’t want to risk injuring yourself or a spectator or accidentally starting a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher and water handy to douse any flames.

Finally, never shoot off fireworks if you’ve been drinking alcohol. It may seem like a great idea at the time, but your judgment could be impaired and you may increase your chances of serious injury.

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Grilling

Before the fireworks even begin, you’re probably going to be firing up the grill for some hot dogs, hamburgers and other delicious food. Just like with fireworks, you need to take extra precautions to make sure you stay safe.

Your apartment complex probably has communal grills that are first come, first served. Who knows the last time they were cleaned? Before you fire up the grill, take a few minutes to clean out any grease or fat from the previous chefs. This will help reduce the risk of fires.

If you’re using a gas grill, make sure the gas line is properly connected before lighting the grill. If you smell gas or can hear that the connection is not secure, do not light it and immediately contact maintenance or your apartment’s front office. When you’re done the grilling, make sure you turn off the propane.

Finally, once you have your food on the grates, never leave the grill unattended. Best case scenario, you just burn your burgers. But worst case, you could start a fire.

The Pool

If the weather cooperates, chances are you’ll be spending some of your day at the pool. And you probably won’t be alone. Take extra precautions to stay safe in and around the water.

Keep a close eye on your children. If the pool is more packed than usual, it may be easier for them to get lost in the crowd. And even if your pool has lifeguards on duty, they will also be busier than normal so they might not immediately notice if your children get into trouble.

It’s also smart to keep your eye on the sky. Hopefully, you’ll have a nice sunny day, but summer is known for those pop-up thunderstorms in the afternoon. If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Get out of the water and take your celebrations elsewhere.

Pets

With all the hectic activity and loud noises, 4th of July celebrations can be stressful for your animals. If you are planning on going out and leaving your pet home alone, turn on the radio or television so they don’t hear the fireworks. You don’t want to come home to find your apartment destroyed by an anxious animal.

Driving

As a final note, try to keep off the roads as much as possible. How feasible this is depends on what celebrations are going on near you, but Independence Day is one of the riskiest times to drive.

If you’re near a big celebration, there are going to be many impatient people of varying levels of sobriety, so try to avoid driving if you can. If it’s not possible, then try to avoid the most trafficked times and areas.

There’s a lot that can go wrong, but by following our simple 4th of July safety tips, you can make sure your celebration is enjoyable by everyone.

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash.

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Zac Kandell

Zac Kandell is a freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA. During his spare time, he enjoys reading comics and spending way too much time listening to podcasts.

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