We all have fond July 4th memories of parades, picnics, fireworks and friends. As you plan this year's celebration, a few simple, common sense tips will keep everyone safe.
Location is everything when cooking or grilling outside. Keep a safe distance away from your home, fences, trees, shrubs or anything that can catch fire. And have a fire extinguisher nearby for any unexpected flare-ups or situations.
Play it safe when preparing and serving your food. You are more likely to get sick from food poisoning than the flu. Bacteria will grow on anything above freezing temperatures up to 165 degrees. Keep it covered, keep it cool or keep it hot.
Only "Safe and Sane CA State Fire Marshal Approved" fireworks are legal to use in Roseville. You can buy these at any local Roseville Fire Department approved fireworks stands. If it goes up in the air, darts across the ground or explodes, it is illegal. Lighting fireworks is not for kids. Always have an adult present and always have a ready hose available in case of fire. And for your sleeping neighbors, fireworks are not allowed to be used after 11:59pm on July 4th.
Lastly, save that drink if you're cooking or going to be lighting fireworks. Our fun activities on the 4th just require some clear thinking and sound judgment to keep them safe. And then you'll be sure to have more great memories.
This is the second installment of Roseville's Public Safety blog.
Rob is the Public Safety Community Relations Coordinator for the City of Roseville Police and Fire Departments.