This Fourth of July, we’re counting our blessings and appreciating our country as well as our O’Fallon Fire Protection District community. Read on for a few reminders to help keep your Independence Day celebrations safe.
OFPD strongly discourages the use of fireworks, which injure thousands (mostly kids and teens) and cause thousands of fires each year! If you do choose to set off fireworks:
- Keep a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Never stand over fireworks. If a firework doesn’t work, stand back for a while, then douse it with water without getting too close.
- Make sure an adult is present at all times. Keep kids and pets out of the way.
- Keep fireworks away from dry leaves and other materials that can easily ignite.
- Light one firework at a time, well away from unlit fireworks.
- Point fireworks away from people.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away.
As always, our OFPD crews are just a 911 call away!
Don’t let your holiday BBQ go up in smoke! Avoid common grill fire causes with these NFPA tips:
- Grills should be placed well away from the home or deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. The grill should also be a safe distance away from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Establish a 3 foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
Swimming & Boating
Do your holiday plans involve plenty of pool time or other water activities? Stay alert, always swim with a buddy, and maintain constant supervision of children in and around the water. If a child is missing, check the water first — seconds count in a drowning accident. For more water safety reminders, visit the American Red Cross website.
Prepare for the possibility of extreme heat, especially if your Fourth of July plans will take place outdoors. Make sure you drink plenty of water, rest frequently in the shade or air conditioning, and be on the lookout for any signs of heat stroke.
In this age of COVID-19, we urge you to continue taking precautionary measures to help slow the spread by wearing masks, washing hands and keeping your celebrations small.
From all of us at OFPD, happy Fourth of July!