Summer is at its peak, and we all want to experience it to the fullest. To do that, we need to keep our annual commitments to summer safety. Review these summer safety guidelines and put them into practice for the safety of your loved ones.
Avoid illegal fireworks.
Even after the 4th of July holiday, the risk of personal fireworks use prevails. Remember, possession or use of fireworks is a violation of the Virginia State Fire Prevention Code. This includes firecrackers, sparklers, skyrockets, torpedoes — and, other fireworks that explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles in the air. Personal fireworks are illegal in our state, so please do not purchase or handle them.
Grill your food safely.
Cooking outdoors is a hallmark of the summer season, but it comes with some risk. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fire departments respond to an average of 9,600 grill fires per year, so these guidelines are a must:
- To avoid fires and burns, assign one person to man the grill and another to make sure children and pets stay away from it.
- If you have a gas grill, make sure the hose has no holes or breaks before using.
- If you use charcoal, keep everyone away from hot coals, don’t light coals away from the grill, and only use lighter fluid once to get the coals lit.
Meanwhile, you should also make sure you grill your food safely to avoid illness. Cook food completely and follow temperature guidelines to prevent food poisoning.
Don’t leave foods at room temperature if they require refrigeration (especially mayonnaise-based salads, eggs, seafood, and meat). Certain foods can be kept on ice outside for a short time, if you need them to stay nearby.
Keep water fun safe.
Sadly, July is the number one month of the year for accidental drownings. Whether your family is swimming in a natural body of water or a swimming pool, keeping everyone safe is your responsibility. Follow these water safety tips:
- Never leave children alone around water. Always keep them within arm’s reach.
- If jet skiing or boating, make sure everyone is wearing properly fitting life vests.
- When swimming in the ocean, stay in the lifeguarded area and do not separate from children.
- Avoid all intoxicating substances before swimming, boating, or supervising children around water.
How Your Home Security Can Help
If you’re hosting a summer gathering with guests, your home security technology can help you out with safety. When visitors arrive, swipe on your phone alert to see them with your doorbell camera; you can use the two-way voice communicator to greet them and explain that you’re letting them in. Then, unlock your smart locked door remotely with your phone. Your friends will still feel welcomed, and the kids will stay safe in the pool because you remained in place.
Your commitment to your family’s summer safety is something we are proud to support. To learn more about smart home security technology to help your family stay safe this summer, call ASI Security today.
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