It’s almost time to celebrate America’s independence. The fourth of July is full of fun activities, family, and friends. Because, we know it’s easy to become distracted with a lot going on around you, we have put together a few tips to keep you safe. 

Grilling Safety Tip

  • Always grill outside, never grill in an enclosed space such as a garage, tent or another area where carbon monoxide can accumulate
  • Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your home. It should be on a flat surface and never on a balcony or anything that does not touch the ground
  • Be sure to keep your pets and children away from the grill when you are using it, always supervise the grill closely. Never leave it unattended
  • Leaks in a gas grill can cause a fire, check your gas hose before you use it for the first time. You can check for leaks by putting a little soap and water on the hose. If there is a leak you will see bubbles.
  • Always be sure the lid is open on your grill when you turn the gas on.
  • If using charcoal, remember that the coals can stay hot for a long time after you use them. Be sure there is nothing near them and keep children away.
  • Do not use liquid fuel if your charcoal fire gets low, this can cause a quick fire.
  • Keep your grill clean, any buildup of grease can be dangerous and cause fires.
  • Always use a food thermometer to be sure your meat is cooked properly. Never consume raw meat and risk serious illness.

Firework Safety Tips

  • Keep a close eye on children when around fireworks.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket, at the risk they could explode.
  • Once you light your firework, move away very quickly. Only light one at a time, it is also a good idea to wear eye protection.
  • Do not wear loose clothing when setting off fireworks.
  • Point all fireworks away from homes, brush or any flammable items.
  • Never point a firework towards another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency.
  • Don’t forget about your pets. Many pets are afraid of fireworks and the loud noises will stress them out. Keep them inside to prevent them from running away or getting injured.
  • Do not ever try to make homemade fireworks

Water Safety Tips

  • Be aware and practice safe boating practices.
  • Never drink alcohol while driving a boat.
  • Make sure there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger before boating.
  • Make water safety rules for your group.
  • Pools should be enclosed completely with a fence. Check out more pool safety tips here.
  • Keep a first aid kit on hand, in a boat, or near the pool.

Happy Fourth of July! Remember that ServiceMaster Restoration is available to you 365 days a year, 7 days a week should you need our services. We offer the best in restoration services. We work hard to offer you peace of mind. Give us a call today at 704-527-1151