It’s the middle of summer, the kids are out of school and of course, we celebrate Independence Day! On the 4th of July, we celebrate our nation’s independence with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade ice cream and other sweet treats, and finally, fireworks. This is a time for fellowship with family and friends, but at Perennial Public Power District, we also want to make sure our customers and communities focus on safety.
Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a spectacular fireworks display! The safest way to enjoy this part of the celebration is to head to the local fireworks show in your community. Professional or local firework displays are usually supervised by firefighters. Or if you want to put on a neighborhood or family fireworks display, be sure to follow these important safety tips to ensure you have the best Fourth of July possible:
- Look up, fireworks are never a good idea near power lines or structures, only light fireworks in an open area.
- Stay away from the big green box, pad mount transformers carry high voltages of electricity to power homes. They are not a launch pad for fireworks.
- Always follow the instructions on fireworks packaging and never give fireworks to small children.
- Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
- Make sure to wear protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud.”
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
- Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.
- Keep spectators at least 20 feet away from where fireworks are ignited.
- After fireworks complete their burning, put out the fireworks with water before discarding them to prevent a trash fire.
- Never light or shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.
Cookouts are a great way to bring folks together on the Fourth. Whether you are grilling in your backyard or at a community park, make sure your feast includes a generous portion of fun and a side helping of safety! We recommend the following safety tips:
- Always supervise your grill.
- Use the proper tools for cooking on a grill.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid when the coals have already been ignited.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
Fireworks and cookouts wouldn’t be complete without a sunny day. Here’s hoping we have good weather, and if we do, make sure you are practicing sun safety:
- Remember electricity and water don’t mix, be sure to keep electronics away from water.
- Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply often.
- Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke (hot red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing).
However, you choose to celebrate, Perennial Public Power District wishes you a safe and Happy Fourth of July!