“A few good tips from SRI”
With the Fourth of July coming up, fireworks will soon light up the horizon. While family picnics, hot-dogs a patriotic flag flapping in the wind and charming red, white and blue cakes are a great way to celebrate our wonderful nation’s birthday it is always mindful to be safe among all the festivities. As we all are aware, fireworks scream patriotism, unfortunately, they also scream potential wildfires and burn injuries. To play it safe and legal, but still enjoy the day, compiled a list of handy safety tips for playing it cool.
-Keep a 30-foot-clearance area in all directions from the base of the device. Check above your head, too; think trees, awnings, telephone wires, etc.
-Supervise children. Even if kids are just playing with sparklers, the metal wires can remain hot and cause burns. Ouch.
-Don’t re-ignite a firework. If it’s malfunctioning, it’s best to leave it alone.
-Brace all aerial cakes with noncombustible weight items to avoid tipping. Cinder blocks or large rocks are a great option.
-Once you’re done blowing everything up, dump used fireworks in a bucket of water before putting them in a garbage can.
“We understand that it’s a tradition to have fireworks on the 4th, but we urge people to take precautions.
By following the tips mentioned above this will help ensure that your Fourth of July will be remembered by friends and family for years to come.
Here are some interesting facts about Independence Day:
• The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
• These events occurred on the Fourth of July: Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack on Walden Pond (1845); the U.S. air offensive against Nazi, Germany, began (1942); Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts (1964); Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (1966).
• The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
• Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.
• The musical “1776” premiered on Broadway in 1969 and ran for 1,217 performances. The production won three Tony Awards, including one for best musical.
• The number of Americans who will spend the holiday at other people’s homes is approximately 41 million.
• The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
• Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
• The town of Patriot, Ind., has a population of 202 people.
• Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
• The percentage of American homes with an outdoor grill is 87 percent.
• The song “Yankee Doodle” was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
• The amount of chicken purchased the week before the holiday is 700 million pounds.
• The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
• There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word “Liberty” in their names.
From the Team here at SRI/TCB we want to wish everyone a very happy and SAFE “Fourth of July.”