4th of July Holiday Safety Message from Chief Badler

The 4th of July may mean more outdoor activity. Things like picnics, boating, and camping are just a few possibilities.

We want you to enjoy your holiday safely, so please practice the following safety tips:

  • Never use gasoline to start BBQ grills

Here is a Little video on Barbecue Safety
http://youtu.be/Gk2qrBOYtSY

  • Never dump hot coals in dumpsters or garbage cans
  • If you are camping, be sure to check the regulations on fires. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extreme dry conditions
  • Never leave a fire unattended and always be sure it is dead out when you leave
  • When boating, always wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device, and always have children closely supervised anytime they are around water

If you want to include fireworks in your holiday celebration, check where professional displays will be held. Attending a professional fireworks display is the only legal way to celebrate the 4th of July, as fireworks are illegal in New Jersey

To reinforce the danger of unauthorized fireworks, here are some statistics as to why you need to leave it to the professionals:

  • In 2004 9,600 people across the United States were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries
  • In 2003, fireworks caused an estimated 1,600 structure fires and 700 vehicle fires. Fireworks related fires were estimated to have caused $58 million dollars worth of property damage.

Whatever you are doing for the 4th of July holiday, stay safe and drink lots of water to stay hydrated!