4th of July Safety Tips

Cape Ace’s 4th of July Safety Tips

Independence Day is usually considered THE summer holiday. Typically filled with backyard BBQs and family celebrations. For that reason, it is important to remember a few 4th of July safety tips that will ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy the party while remaining protected. Statistically, three activities cause the most injuries and damage: grilling, firepits, and fireworks. If you follow these 4th of July safety tips, you can make sure every has a great time.

Grilling Safety Tips

  • Use propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors only.
  • Place grill at least 5 feet away from your house and deck railing, and never under eaves.
  • Keep pets and children at least 3 feet away from the grill.
  • Clean the grill grates and grease traps below the grill.
  • Never leave the grill unattended.
  • Open the lid before lighting the grill.
  • Inspect gas lines regularly for leaks.
  • Use only appropriate charcoal starter fluid.
  • Never squirt charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources.
  • When you are finished grilling, allow the coals to cool completely; then dispose of in a metal container.

For more grilling safety, check out the National Fire Protection Association’s website.


  • Check your local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Read the labels on all fireworks before using.
  • Make sure a responsible adult supervises ALL firework activity.
  • Consider wearing safety goggles.
  • Light one firework at a time, and move away quickly.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS only.
  • Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water, then in a metal container, away from combustibles.
  • Never relight a dud firework. After 20 minutes soak it in a bucket of water.

Check out the National Council on Fireworks Safety’s Recommend Safety Tips.


  • Never leave your fire pit unattended.
  • Consider using a wire mesh cover to contain embers and prevent children or pets from falling in.
  • Never burn garbage or papers in the fire.
  • Avoid burning soft wood like pine or cedar which can pop and throw sparks.
  • Keep a container of water or a shovel close by in case of emergency to help extinguish escaped flames.
  • Never discard hot ashes in your compost pile or anything combustible.

According to the The National Fire Protection Association July is the busiest grilling month of the year. Also, it is recommended never buy fireworks from an unauthorized source. And lastly, avoid wearing draping or loose fitting clothing while operating a grill, fire pit or lighting fireworks.

Cape Ace has everything you need for your Independence Day celebration including grills and grilling accessories and fire pits. If you have any operating questions, please feel free to ask one of our friendly staff members. Another reason why Your Cape Ace is the Place, we have all your 4th of July Safety Tips. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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