4th of July fire safety

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  • By Moody Fire Prevention Office
  • 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron
The Fourth 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 tips.

Fireworks safety

- Fireworks are not authorized on Moody. The Landings at Moody and Magnolia Grove have adopted the Moody fire safety guidelines. Therefore, fireworks are not authorized in these housing communities.

- If you live off base or plan on visiting family or 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 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 10 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, and 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.

- Do not leave lit grills unattended.

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

Statistics show that more than 7,000 people each year get treated for Fourth of July-related accidents. Don't be one of them.

Stay safe this year and have a happy July Fourth!