Fourth of July Safety Tips

Make sure to take extra caution during your holiday celebrations

*Sun Safety-Protect your skin against the sun with SPF, and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration

*Water Safety-Make sure everyone near water in pools, ponds, lakes or the ocean has the proper skills to swim, keep an eye on young children and check flotation devices for leaks

*Grilling Safety-Check to make sure your grill is in proper working order, don’t ignite charcoal with gasoline or lighter fluid, use heat resistant tools and never lean over an open flame

*Fireworks Safety-Stay a safe distance away from any fireworks display. Be mindful of children with sparklers, as the wire remains hot enough to burn skin even after the sparks have ended

*Family Safety-Over 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 each year. No one ever thinks they will be one of those calls. Prepare yourself for any emergency

AND DON’T FORGET THE PETS:

*Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. During fireworks, keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4 and fireworks for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety. Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets that normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death. As always, make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Enjoy and Be Safe!

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