The Fourth of July, which will be celebrated on Monday, is a time of great fun. But it can pose pitfalls due to an increase in firework use and outdoor cooking. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) – which was founded in 1872 and represents more than 85,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York state – offers some tips for you to follow for a safe, happy Fourth:
- Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should be used only outdoors;
- The grill should be placed well away from the home and deck railings and out from under leaves and overhanging branches;
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area;
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill;
- Never leave your grill unattended while in use;
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it;
- Always use food-approved fire starters for wood grills and smokers.
- Attend a local, professional fireworks show;
- Livestream a virtual fireworks show;
- Use glow sticks instead of sparklers;
- Resist the temptation to get close to the firing site. The best view of a professional fireworks display is from a quarter of a mile or more;
- Do not possess or shoot off fireworks on your own. Besides risking injury to yourself and others, you will be breaking the law;
- Do not pick up or attempt to relight used or “dud” fireworks. They may still cause serious burns or injury.
For more, visit fasny.com.