East Sacramento neighborhood

As the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaches, the City of Sacramento reminds residents to stay safe while celebrations are underway. Fireworks, barbecues, camping, and picnics are often activities to ring in the holiday, but it’s important to exercise caution while outdoors.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than twice as many fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year in the United States.

Below are a few friendly reminders to keep residents aware of how they can stay safe this holiday:

• Using fireworks can be dangerous. Be careful and follow the directions provided on the fireworks label. As an alternative, consider enjoying public fireworks displays administered by professionals.
• Barbecue grills should only be used outdoors well away from the house, deck, and any flammable objects. Be sure your grill is clear of grease or fat buildup and check a gas grill for hose leaks, blockages, and holes.
• Wear a life jacket when swimming at the river or lake. Stay close to the shore.
• Alcohol can impair judgment and coordination, making fireworks, barbecues, and swimming even more dangerous. If you’re going to drink alcohol, do so responsibly.
• Triple digit heat and high humidity is in the forecast. If you’re going to be outdoors, stay in the shade, drink plenty of water, and avoid strenuous activities. Wear sunscreen and reapply frequently.
• Closely supervise children, especially around fireworks, grills, swimming pools and public waterways.

The Sacramento Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday and encourages residents to keep these safety tips in mind at all times. Please visit http://www.sacfire.org for more information.