Plan for a Safe & Happy Fourth

American flagsThe month of July has always been a favorite of ours. It’s the middle of summer, the kids are out of school and of course, we celebrate Independence Day! Typically on the Fourth, we celebrate our nation’s independence with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade ice cream and other sweet treats, and last but not least, fireworks. This is a time for fellowship with family and friends, but at People's Electric Cooperative (PEC), we also want to make sure our members focus on safety.

To ensure you have the best Fourth of July possible, we would like to remind you about a few important safety tips from The American Red Cross.

Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a spectacular fireworks display! The safest way to enjoy this part of the celebration is to head to a local fireworks show. But, if you want to put on your own show at home, be sure to follow these safety tips:

  • fireworksAlways follow the instructions on fireworks’ packaging and never give fireworks to small children.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.

Cookouts are a great way to bring folks together on the Fourth. Whether you are grilling in your backyard or at a community park, make sure your feast includes a generous portion of fun and a side helping of safety! We recommend the following safety tips:

  • food on grill cookingSupervise your grill at all times.
  • Use the proper tools for cooking on a grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when the coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills.

Fireworks and cookouts wouldn’t be complete without a sunny day. Here’s hoping we have good weather, and if we do, make sure you are practicing sun safety:

  • spf bottle and water bottleUse a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply often.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke (hot red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing).

However you choose to celebrate, PEC wishes you a safe and Happy Fourth of July!