GVFD Warns Residents To Be Careful This July Fourth

This July fourth, the Golden Valley Police and Fire Departments are urging residents to celebrate safely.

On average, fireworks cause more than 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and nearly 17,000 outside and other fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA suggests not using consumer fireworks at all because of the dangers they pose. This includes sparklers, which can burn hot enough to cause third degree burns. The NFPA recommends that fireworks are best left to trained professionals.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety offers alternate and safer ways to enjoy the holiday.

  • Have a backyard virtual fireworks viewing party.
  • Light up the night with glow sticks.
  • Have fun with red, white, and blue silly string.
  • Draw fireworks on your sidewalk or driveway.

For more fireworks safety tips, visit the NFPA website and the MN DPS website.

Grill Safe This Summer

Most home fires are started by gas grills, not charcoal, and start because something flammable was left too close to the grill. You can never be too careful when dealing with fire and a hot grill.

Follow these safety tips when grilling:

  • Never use a grill indoors, and don’t leave it unattended.
  • When lighting a grill, leave the top open. If it doesn’t light in your first few attempts, wait five minuted before trying again.
  • Keep your grill clean.
  • When using a grill, keep it away from your house, deck railings, or under eaves.

For more information about grilling safety, visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.

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