Insurance commissioner shares fireworks and grilling safety tips

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – One thing you don’t want to do during the upcoming July Fourth holiday is to accidentally set fire to your house.

That’s why state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey stresses caution when using fireworks or grilling.

“While the Fourth of July is a time for celebration, safety should be a priority,” said Causey.

Causey provided a series of tips on ways to stay safe this Fourth.

Fireworks safety tips:

  • Never let children use fireworks unsupervised.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in clear areas.
  • Keep water handy for emergencies.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at people.
  • Light fireworks on stable, fire-safe surfaces.
  • Light one firework at a time and move back quickly.
  • Don’t pick up dud fireworks; soak them in water.
  • Douse the fireworks with water before disposal.
  • Avoid using fireworks while impaired.
  • Only buy consumer-labeled fireworks.

Grilling safety tips:

  • Use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
  • Keep grills away from homes and decks.
  • Keep children and pets 10 feet away.
  • Never leave grills unattended.
  • Use only charcoal starter fluid.
  • Let coals cool completely before disposal.
  • If you smell gas, call the fire department and move away.