Important safety tips to keep in mind while celebrating the Fourth of July

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 4th of July is coming up and many of us have plans to celebrate the holiday. The weather is getting warmer and many people are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day the week of the Fourth.

“Well I like to support my country so I like to decorate my bike.” Bridget Tivnan told 22News.

Many of us will be spending time outside with family and friends over the long holiday.

“Yeah we’re going over to my niece and nephew’s. They have a family outing and we’re going to get together with them,” said Ron Barsalou.

But when you’re having that cookout, there are some important things to keep in mind.

Be sure to keep any perishable foods in a cooler with plenty of ice or freezer packs. If you’re cooking out on a grill make sure everyone stays away from it including pets. And keep the grill far enough away from your house so it doesn’t cause a fire.

If you’re spending time out in the heat be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Never leave children and pets in a car, the inside temperature can quickly reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

And remember fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts. The safest way to enjoy the fireworks is to go to a public display put on by professionals.

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