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How to Stay Safe During the 4th of July

The Fourth of July is the one holiday everyone looks forward to during the summer. It gives friends and family a chance to get together and enjoy an afternoon and evening of stress-free fun, whether it's by going on a picnic, going to a baseball game, going for a swim or simply grilling out in the backyard. However, even though your focus is going to be on having a good time with friends and family, safety should always be your first priority. The following are a few tips helping you stay safe during the Fourth of July:

Swimming Safety

Pool Party

Whether you are going for a swim in a pool, lake or ocean, it's important to keep these swimming safety tips in mind:

  • Never swim alone - Even as an adult, you should always make sure there's another adult around in case something happens to you while you are swimming.
  • Never leave a child unattended - If any kids are swimming, it’s wise to have an adult watching over them at all times. In fact, you shouldn't leave a child unattended near water even if they’re not swimming - they could end up falling in or going swimming by themselves.
  • Use appropriate barriers - If you own a backyard pool, make sure you have a secure fence built around it. If somebody decides to take a dip while nobody is there, you may be liable for any injuries or drownings that may occur.

Barbecue Safety

If you plan on grilling out in your backyard, be sure to follow these safety tips:

  • Keep the grill away from flammable objects - Your grill should not be located near anything that might be flammable, including trees, bushes and your house. If it's accidentally knocked over next to something flammable, it could break out into a fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby - Have a fire extinguisher ready in case a fire does break out - and make sure you know how to use it.
  • Make sure your grill is clean - Cleaning it regularly is important to your safety. It helps prevent grease from building up, which could result in a grease fire.
  • Never leave the grill unattended - Always have an adult watching the grill.

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks on the Fourth of July are about as American as apple pie, but be sure to follow these safety tips to avoid injury:

  • Keep the area clear - Make sure the area is clear near the fireworks when you light them off in case they misfire.
  • Point them in a safe direction - Never point fireworks towards flammable objects, like homes or trees.
  • Keep kids away - Don't let any kids play with fireworks and make them stand far away when lighting them.

Be sure to follow these safety tips to ensure everybody has a fun and safe time on the Fourth of July. Contact GGRM if you or a family member suffers a personal injury caused by another party.

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