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Tips for Staying Safe this 4th of July

With one of the biggest holidays of summer quickly approaching, Al Bourdeau Insurance Agency would like to wish everyone a fun and safe holiday weekend!

As much fun as the 4th of July can be, it is also one of the most accident filled days of the year.

With activities such as fireworks, boating, swimming, bar-be-cue’s, camping, bonfires, and with the abnormal amount of people traveling the possibilities for accidents to occur is unlimited.

 

We at Al Bourdeau Insurance Agency wish nothing but safe travels and a happy holiday weekend to everyone around for the 4th of July holiday. Unfortunately, we realize that how likely it is for a terrible accident to occur on a busy holiday such as this.

We have created a list of tips for anyone participating in 4th of July activities to help ensure a safe and fun holiday.

 

FIREWORKS SAFETY

  • Remember to only buy fireworks from a reputable dealer.
  • Never use a firework that has been wet or tampered with.
  • If you light a firework that is a “dud” and it does not go off, do not touch, or go near the firework for at least 20 minutes.
  • After any firework that you light have gone off, make sure to soak the empty shell in water before disposing of it.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or hose on hand in case of a fire.

 

GRILLING SAFETY

  • If you are grilling, never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Make sure that there are no children or pets around that could possibly get burned.
  • Make sure to always grill outdoors, in a safe, spacious area.
  • If using a charcoal grill, make sure charcoal is completely done burning and pour water on the coals before disposing of.
  • Always use proper grilling tools.
  • Use little lighter fluid, if any, while starting the grill.
  • Never spray lighter fluid on a lit grill, or charcoal grill with coals already burning.
  • Always keep water, or a hose nearby in case of a fire.

 

WATER SAFETY

  • Never leave your children unsupervised.
  • When a child is around water, make sure they are wearing a proper flotation device.
  • Do not swim or boat under the influence of alcohol.
  • Only swim where a lifeguard or someone supervising is present.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Make sure when boating that all passengers have a proper life jacket available.
  • Pay attention to everyone else. There is no shortage of drunken boaters on the 4th.

 

TRAVEL SAFETY

  • Make sure you have the proper supplies in your car if you happen to break down.
  • Carry an extra stash of money solely for emergency purposes while on the road.
  • Be an assertive driver. Most of the time it is the other people on the road that you need to watch out for.
  • Plan everything in advance: Maps, pit stops, food, bathroom breaks, etc.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or get in a car with someone under the influence of alcohol.
  • Never drive if you are noticeably tired. If you think you are going to fall asleep pull over and take a nap.

 

The last thing any of us want is for someone to get killed or injured in any way, shape, or form during this 4th of July. The best way to prevent a great weekend from turning into a tragic one is by using your head, always thinking safety first, and making sure to always look after yourself and the others around you.

 

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