A Safe and Happy Independence Day

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With Independence Day just around the corner, everyone is looking forward to a day of celebration and fun with friends and family. Being a company with strong focus on life safety and security, we want to share the following tips and tidbits with you to ensure a safe Independence Day for all.

independence day fireworks

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Fireworks Safety

  • Only set off fireworks if you have proper permits and permissions. Contact your village hall for more information.
  • Always read the instructions provided with your fireworks package.
  • Never let small children handle fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket or water supply nearby when using fireworks.
  • Aim your fireworks away from people, animals, buildings, cars, and other flammable materials.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Do not attempt to relight broken, malfunctioning, or “dud” fireworks.

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Grill Safety

  • Grill in an outdoor area away from buildings, decks, trees, playing children, and other things that may catch fire.
  • Use long-handled tools made for grilling and protection when lifting or removing the grill lid. Do not use plastic tools that can melt and harm the cook.
  • Keep an eye on the grill. Make sure children and animals steer clear of the grill.
  • Avoid adding starter fluid to coals that are already ignited.
  • Follow the instructions included with your grill packaging.

independence day parade

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Sun Safety

  • Always use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen often, and wear sun-protective clothing and sunglasses.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, as these will dehydrate your body.
  • Be aware of the heat! Limit your sun exposure between 10AM and 4PM.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke. If someone you know displays these symptoms, get the person out of the sun, apply cool cloths to the skin, and call for emergency help.
independence day dog

Flickr: David B.

Pet Safety

  • Keep alcoholic drinks and hazardous foods away from areas that pets can reach them.
  • Refrain from applying sunscreen or bug spray that is not labeled specifically for animal wear.
  • Store matches, lighter fluids, citronella candles, insect coils, and tiki torch oil out of reach of your pets.
  • Glow jewelry is fun, but don’t let pets wear or play with them.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! If you choose to light off fireworks, keep your pets indoors.
  • Fireworks can stress out many animals. Keep your pets in a quite, sheltered, and escape-proof area at home. You can also talk to your veterinarian about different options to calm your animal, such as thunder shirts.
  • Make sure your animal’s information is up to date. In these high-stress times for animals, pets may escape. Be sure that your pets’ identification tags and microchip information is updated in case.

Heart Technologies wishes all a happy, fun, and safe Independence Day this year!