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The 4th of July Is Almost Here!

June 30, 2014

FireworksIt’s almost time to close up shop for a day (be sure you check out our 4th of July business safety tips before locking the doors!), fire up the barbecue, and enjoy the (hopefully sunny) day! To help make sure you’re fully prepped we thought we’d pass along some 4th of July fun facts, recipes, and fireworks safety tips. Read on for more!

Fun Facts:

  • The US Government estimates that 2.5 million people lived in the United States in July of 1776.
  • According to TIME Magazine, more hot dogs are consumed in the US on 4th of July than any other day…over 155 million of them! For those of you who don’t want to do the math, that would be 62 hot dogs per person in 1776.
  • Benjamin Franklin once argued that the US symbol should be a turkey instead of a bald eagle.
  • Three United States Presidents have passed away on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both passed away on July 4, 1826, and James Monroe in 1831.

Safety Tips:

  • Drive safely! July 4th ranks as the deadliest day on the road and second only to New Year’s Day for most drunk-driving related fatalities! Please make sure you have a designated driver, especially as this year’s holiday falls on a Friday, meaning more people will be out partying than normal.
  • If you live in a city or fire district that allows fireworks, be smart! An average of 240 people per day go to the emergency room in the month surrounding July 4th for fireworks-related injuries.
    • Avoid buying amateur fireworks or ones in brown paper bags. Brown-bag fireworks are generally made for professional shows and can be much more dangerous.
    • Keep water or a hose ready and available when lighting fireworks, and don’t shoot them off around trees.
    • Sparklers cause the most fireworks-related injuries. Be sure to supervise children who are using them and keep a bucket of water handy to put them out.
    • 33% of fireworks injuries happen in adults between 25-44 years old, and 57% of injuries happen to men.
    • In 2011 an estimated 17,800 fires were reported, with 1,200 of those being to structures and 16,300 happening outdoors.

Check out this Public Service Announcement from the NFPA for more information on fireworks safety! And for more information about fireworks laws in Washington State check out MRSC.org.

Lastly, how about a few kid-friendly recipes to help your family enjoy the day!

Lastly, are you looking for a public fireworks display for the family? Check out this list from KOMO News!

Article by: Kristen Skinner

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2014 6:57 am

    Great safety tips and delicious looking July 4th treats! I’ll try to make the Red, White and Blue rice krispies treat.

    • July 2, 2014 8:14 am

      Thank you for the comment, Maria! I was thinking those looked pretty tast myself!
      ~Kristen

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