At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Photos of the Week
To kick things off, here are a few of my favorite photos from the week. For more photos, visit the FEMA Photo Library.
Celebrating the Fourth Safely
With the celebration of our country’s Independence tomorrow, I wanted to take some time to remind folks that while this holiday is indeed a joyous occasion often marked with grilling, picnics, and of course fireworks -- it’s important that we all take precautions to stay safe. However you plan to celebrate tomorrow, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
Fireworks – Leave them to the Pros
Every year there are many injuries and deaths caused by amateur firework use. That’s why we encourage you to leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Check out this video from the U.S. Fire Administration on grilling safety:
- Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors. Using them indoors or in any enclosed spaces (such as tents), poses a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the grill.
- Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Keep matches, lighters, charcoal, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
Following these tips can help ensure your Fourth of July is safe and enjoyable!