How to Have a Safe 4th of July
06/26/2017 09:37 AM

Fire Risks

Gathering around a fire is a classic American pastime. Whether it’s a grill or fire pit, the following tips may prevent a serious accident (and possible lawsuit):

• Always keep an outside grill at least three feet away from your house and structures. 

• Never, ever leave a fire unattended. 

• Keep flammables away from a fire. Yes, this includes alcohol. 

• If a fire pit has a lid, use it; keep the pit away from trees. 

• Use solar-powered tiki torches. 

• Keep a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit near. 

Smoke Inhalation

When it comes to breathing, keep a safe distance from open flames and smoke. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen outdoors too, so take precautions to limit exposure. Gas smokers can also be injurious, and create a liability if someone is injured. Remember, not all wood is safe to burn, and some variations are toxic. Check to ensure that what you are burning, is safe.


When too much alcohol is involved, and someone falls and hits their head, runs into a slider door, or falls backwards in their chair, seek immediate treatment. As a social host, you can be held liable for injuries due to overindulgence in alcohol. Concussions are serious; combined with drinking, they can cause traumatic brain injury. Call 911 immediately.

Noise Complaints

Parties can be loud, and neighbors typically don’t appreciate a rowdy game of Limbo. Give your neighbors a heads-up about your upcoming gathering; they may be less likely to call the police. Keep the music at a reasonable volume, or risk receiving a noise

violation. Laws vary by community, and getting a ticket just isn’t worth it. Most importantly, be kind and considerate to your neighbors.

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