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Tips for firework & grilling safety can help make holidays fun and safe

South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) - During the holiday weekend, lots of people will be enjoying time with families and friends. They’ll be grilling out and in some cases,enjoy fireworks.

Both grilling and fireworks can be safe if the individuals involved follow some basic rules regarding safety. Below, you will find some safety tips for each that will help to ensure that a trip to the hospital will not be a part of your Fourth of July celebration.

Fireworks safety: These fireworks tips are from the website www.fireworkssafety.org.

Recommended Safety Tips

1. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

2. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

3. A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

4. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

5. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

6. Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

7. Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

8. Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

9. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

10. Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.

11. Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

13. FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.

14. Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

15. And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

16. Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.

17. If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.

18. Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.

19. Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

Gas & Charcoal Grilling Safety Tips: These tips come from www.nfpa.org

LP Gas Grills

Grilling safety tips

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. To keep you and your family safe while grilling, follow these general guidelines.

General grilling tips

1. Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

2. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

3. Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

4. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

5. Never leave your grill unattended.

Before you use your gas grill:

1. Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.

2. Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:

3. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.

4. Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).

5. If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.

6. If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

7. If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

8. When the grill is on:

9. As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.

10. If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

11. If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

Charcoal grills

1. There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

2. If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

3. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

4. There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.

5. When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Be safe and have a great Fourth of July!

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