No major holiday would be complete without a safety blog from us here at Gordon Insurance. Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is tomorrow and that means traffic, grilling, fireworks, and drinking.
A Brief History
Independence Day is the celebration of when the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence back on July 4th (or around there) in 1776. A year later, 13 gunshots were fired and celebrations were held. 1870 marks when Congress declared July 4th and unpaid federal holiday, however, it was made a paid holiday in 1938. Today, national songs are sung, fireworks are shown, military bases have a one gun salute, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, concerts, reunions are held. And final fun fact is that the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in RI is the oldest celebration in the US (Since 1785!)
During one of the busiest driving times of the year, exercise caution on the roads. Many people could get aggressive due to the large volume of cars on the road, you should just relax and drive defensively; do not get into any confrontations. Remember, everyone is trying to get somewhere, and all will arrive…eventually.
We already have an extensive blog about grilling safety, but here are a few main points from it.
- Wear protective gear
- Keep the gas away from main structures/flammable objects
- Turn of the gas when not in use
- Charcoal: use the right lighter fluid
- Check for leaks
- Grills remain hot long after the gas is off
The most iconic Independence Day activity has to be setting off fireworks. Many will travel with blankets, sweatshirts, and snacks in tow to local shows or the Boston Pops event; however, some will go the “do it yourself” way. Despite the fact fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts, people still bring them into the State. If you do, follow these tips (from the National Council on Fireworks Safety)
- Outdoors only
- Obey local laws
- Keep water nearby
- Don’t relight duds, wait 20 minutes then put in water
- Stay away from the shooter (who should wear safety glasses)
- Alcohol and fireworks: nope. Have a designated shooter
- Sparklers are a 12 and up activity
- NO HOMEMADE FIREWORKS
Speaking of drinking, spend the 4th however you want to celebrate, but drink responsibly and have a designated driver. The traffic situation is bad enough this time of year. For more information about drinking and driving at holiday time, see my Christmas time Drinking and Driving Prevention blog.
What are your plans for the 4th? Leave a comment below.
And after the celebrations are over, check us out at www.agordon.com for insurance information and more.