I know you’re antsy to start your Fourth of July celebrations. I am, too.
photo credit: arbyreed via photopin ccWhile friends and family pour into your Indianapolis home, you’re wondering if you’ve bought enough coals for the grill, stocked the fridge with ample food, and covered every possible surface with red, white, and blue. And, as you rush to greet every guest and set up the outdoor games, in the back of your mind, you’re trying not to worry about what could go wrong at this party.
And, I don’t want you to worry about that either. So, I put together these 6 quick safety tips to keep you and your house safe this Independence Day.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy. You never know when the grilling might get out of hand or the fireworks shoot in the wrong direction. Better to have a way to snuff out the flames near by. Even a bucket of water or an external hose will do.
- Don’t cover up the smoke and fire detectors. Trust me. Nobody likes to see those DIY patriotic decorations more than I do. Just don’t let them (or any store-bought ones) block the detectors. You’ll be risking more than just crepe paper streamer if you do since the detectors can’t sense a rising fire without access to the air and might miss alerting you (and the fire station) in time.
- While you’re trying to avoid covering the detectors, you might as well check the batteries in the alarms. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with a fire on your hand and a delayed response from the firefighters. So, make sure they’re in working condition, and add some batteries to your last minute run to the store. It’ll be worth it.
- This tip is going to seem unnecessary: don’t use fireworks indoors. It’s easy to forget about in the middle of the excitement, but fireworks can easily ruin your evening of celebrations if they come in contact with a flammable object. And, indoors, the chances of that are pretty high. So, keep an eye on children (and adults) trying to sneak a firecracker past you.
- Speaking of fireworks, don’t forget to check the laws in your area. Remember how Indianapolis had a burn ban around this time a couple of years ago? Ignoring that is sure to put a damper on your activities when the police arrive.
- At the end of the evening, when you’re disposing of decorations and fireworks, make sure they’re completely free of heat & fire. You wouldn’t want there to be a smoldering fire happening after the party is over, would you?
- If you’re the guest at a Fourth of July party, don’t forget to arm your security system while you’re away. Bonus tip: make your empty house look occupied. Thieves are waiting for you to leave your home. But, if they see the lights on and the sprinklers going, they’ll think twice before entering. For more tricks, check out this Spring Break post for ways to keep your house safe while you’re away.
Now that you’ve taken care of these things, you can get back to only worrying about how well that burger patty is cooking. You’re welcome. And, Happy Fourth of July!
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