Fourth of July fire safety

You can almost smell the grilled hot dogs and fireworks as we are getting very close to the Fourth of July. So, as we approach our nation’s birthday, fire safety should also be on our minds.

Gulfport Fire Department says there are plenty of ways to keep you and your family safe. It’s important to not leave your kids unattended around any fireworks, even things like sparklers which can carry a temperature of over 1,000 degrees.

Most of the injuries from fireworks come from burns to the hands, so if the label says not to hold it, don’t. When it comes to grilling, don’t get distracted and leave the grill unattended.

Also keep the grill 10 to 15 feet from the house and make sure you let coals cool down after grilling before you dispose of them. Gulfport Deputy Fire Chief Billy Kelley said, “It’s very important you know because I think the number last year in 2018, there was over 18,000 injuries due to fireworks and over 300 structure fires. You know, we want people to have a good time, stay safe, and have fun.”

Gulfport Fire tells News 25 if you plan on drinking alcohol do not light your own fireworks. There are plenty of shows on the Coast you can enjoy safely.

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