4th of July Safety Tips
We’re almost there, fireworks have begun popping and grills firing up for the 4th of July celebrations. This wonderful time of getting together and sharing food and laughter can, unfortunately, can take a wrong turn and get people injured, damage properties and cause significant liability for hosts, homeowners and renters alike. We here at Resident Shield wish to help you take all necessary precautions to have a carefree and damage-free Independence Day. Besides reviewing your renter’s insurance policy, check the tips below and have
The National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone that June and July are the peak months for summer grill fires, with nearly 9,000 fires caused by different types of grills and barbecues, which amount to $37 million in property loss in the U.S.
- Your grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from roofs, awnings, walls and deck railings to prevent fires from igniting buildings. Also, remove any hanging plants and umbrellas you have in that perimeter.
- Should it be rainy outside during the day, don’t take the grill inside—charcoal grills produce carbon monoxide fumes that are fatal in unventilated areas.
- The grill loves to have the fire extinguisher close by, so make sure you keep one nearby. Also, learn to use it.
- Always supervise the grill, both to prevent accidents, fires and burned BBQ.
- Grease and the flame, when they come in contact, can result in dangerous flare ups. Make sure you keep your grill clean.
Another 4th of July popular attraction has to do with fireworks. Sadly, these mesmerizing products, illegal in many places, are far from being toys and cause significant damage and injuries every year. Some $43 million in property damage is caused every year in the U.S. due to fireworks, and about 11,900 people need to be treated in emergency rooms. Of those injuries, 51 percent are to the extremities and about 41 percent are to the head. To keep away from the emergency room and still use fireworks, follow the tips below:
- Mind the place where you buy the fireworks from, not every place that sells them is reliable and legitimate. Don’t attempt to build your own fireworks.
- Follow the instructions on the label.
- Always have an adult supervise the fireworks activities.
- Only ignite them outdoors.
- Always have water nearby.
- Light them one at a time.
- Never reignite fireworks that are malfunctioning.
- Keep them away from children.
- Store them in a cool, dry place.
- Never throw fireworks at another person or some pet.
- Don’t shoot them in metal or glass containers.
- Don’t carry them in your pockets.