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Fire safety: Independence Day

Helmets rest on the ground following live-fire training, April 25, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.  Firefighters from the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron and Valdosta Fire Department participated in the training to gain more experience fighting aircraft fires and to work together as a cohesive team while still practicing proper and safe firefighting techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eugene Oliver)

Helmets rest on the ground following live-fire training, April 25, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Firefighters from the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron and Valdosta Fire Department participated in the training to gain more experience fighting aircraft fires and to work together as a cohesive team while still practicing proper and safe firefighting techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eugene Oliver)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 4th of July and should be a day of fun and celebration, but it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year. You can keep your Independence Day fun and safe when you follow the proper fire safety tips. Whatever your plans are for this holiday, be sure you remember these fire safety tips.

Fireworks Safety

- Fireworks are not authorized for use on Moody AFB (including Grassy Pond Recreational Area).  Also, the Hunt Pinnacle Communities of The Landings at Moody and Magnolia Grove have adopted the Moody AFB fire safety guidelines. Therefore, fireworks are not authorized in these housing communities as well. 

- If you live off-base or plan on visiting family and friends and intend on using fireworks, ensure you know the local ordinances governing their use.  Remember, if fireworks are not restricted in the area you are celebrating, there is still the danger of fire and also of bodily injury.  Always read all instructions properly and do not use near wooded or dry areas.

- Have water available to extinguish sparks or flame that may occur when using fireworks.  This is especially important as most areas in the southeast have been in drought conditions for quite some time.

- Never point fireworks at people.

- Do not allow children to play with fireworks or firecrackers.

Backyard Grilling and Barbecue

- Keep your grill at least ten feet away from your house, porch, shed, trees or bushes.

- Use starter fluid that is made for barbecue grills; never gas--it will explode! Follow manufacturer’s instructions.

- Do not add starter fluid on a fire after you have already tried to start it.

- Make sure the valves work and that you are completely familiar with them; ensure they are off when you are done using the grill.

- Store gas cylinders outside and keep them away from buildings.

- If your gas grill needs repairs, take it to an authorized dealer or repair shop.

- Keep children away from the grill while you are cooking.

- Don't leave lit grills unattended.

- Be careful during barbecues that you do not start a fire.  Be sure all coals are completely out before leaving the barbecue unattended.  

Statistics show more than 7,500 people get treated for 4th of July related accidents each year. Don't be one of them. Stay safe this year.

Have a happy 4th of July!