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4th of July Safety Tips

Fact: Independence Day is one of the biggest celebrations in America! From fireworks around every corner to delicious barbecues, no detail is overlooked when it comes to this important holiday! If you’re looking to celebrate the good ol’ red, white, and blue in safely, then here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important tips to remember on the Fourth of July (and every day this summer) is to stay hydrated.

It’s quite simple to run around all day and forget to drink some water. Sure, you might feel fine (in the moment) — but a lack of water could result in dehydration and some unpleasant symptoms to soon follow after.

The best way to stay hydrated? Fill a bucket up with water, a few bags of ice and a surplus of water bottles! This will be the most straightforward way for you and your guests to stay hydrated!

Wear Sunscreen

Another pertinent safety tip? Make sure that you’re wearing sunscreen! Throughout the day, whether it be sunshine or overcast, there’s a strong possibility that you can get a pretty severe sunburn. If you’re looking to play it safe, then it would be best to get some sunscreen for the big day.

When choosing your sunscreen, it’s essential to select one that has an SPF of 30 or higher. In addition to the high SPF, you’ll want to purchase a sunscreen that’s labeled broad spectrum, since this will protect against the most harmful of UV rays (UV-A and UV-B).

Keep Pets Indoors

The most celebrated holiday of the year could also be the most dangerous for your pets — especially at nighttime. To look out for your pet, keep them indoors once the fireworks start in your neighborhood.

The reason? Sometimes the “leftovers” from a firework could make their way onto your lawn — and your pet could eat it. Additionally, fireworks startle most pets, and you don’t want your fur baby to be uncomfortable.

Supervise Younger Guests

If you’re having a barbeque at your home and younger guests are attending, it’s essential that all adults supervise them at all times. Sometimes, a little one will wander too close to the barbeque or will try to grab a lighter.

To ensure that children are safe, build a makeshift barrier around the grill, so they won’t be able to get near it. When it comes to lighters and candles, make sure they’re on tables high enough where they can’t be grabbed.

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. — or you can call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.