A hazard-free Fourth

Enjoy the Fourth of July safely

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:

For grills:

  • 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. 

For fireworks:

  • 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.

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