Keep it safe this Fourth of July

The fourth of July is a popular holiday for many reasons.  The Fourth of July can also be a nightmare for your insurance company.  This holiday brings with it the possibility of drunk driving from over enthusiastic celebrators to boating accidents cause by drinking as well as an increased number of boaters.  One holiday accident that is associated with the fourth is fireworks accidents.  According to the website the following accidents can happen, 18,500 fires per year started by fireworks, 1,300 structure fires and 300 vehicle fires,  $43 million in property damage, and 12,900 people in 2017 treated for injuries related to fireworks, with 36% of those being children.  When it comes to children one of the major culprits is metal sparklers.  According to the metal sparklers could be as hot as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  This can lead to burns or possibly a fire.  When it comes to fireworks it is best to leave those to the professionals.  If you are having your own fireworks display remember to keep it safe. states you should have a bucket of water available, a hose available, and have a designated firework area which is away from combustible materials, homes, dry leaves and trees.  If you are serving food also make sure to observe food and grill safety rules.  Mayonnaise based side dishes should not be left out for more than two hours and preferably kept on ice.  All meats should be cooked to the proper temperature to avoid illnesses like Salmonella and E. Coli.  While grilling never leave your grill unattended.  Also make sure that you have cleaned your grill properly.  Dirty grills can lead to fires.  Enjoy the Fourth of July but keep an eye on your safety and the safety of your guest.  Follow us on social media, at Twitter and Facebook for other Fourth of July tips.