Published July 2, 2016
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO — The AMERIND Risk Safety Team wants you to think safety before, during and after building a campfire. AMERIND Risk provides employee benefits, and property, liability and workers compensation insurance for tribes, tribal governments, tribal businesses and individual property coverage.
Here are safety tips from the AMERIND Risk Safety Team to have an enjoyable July 4th holiday weekend and summer:
Choose a spot for your campfire protected from wind gusts and have water or a shovel nearby before starting your campfire. We can all prevent wildfires by taking safety measure before building a campfire. Please read more on keeping your campfire from becoming a wild fire!
Holidays are a great time to celebrate with family and friends. If you are taking a road trip to a family destination consider the advice from AAA:
- Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive.
- Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
- Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area.
- If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated.
- Have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road.
- In case of an emergency, keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. AAA and many other companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call.
Fourth of July firework displays are an exciting way to celebrate the holiday. What we don’t want to see are accidents caused by carelessness. Thousands of people go to the emergency room with firework-related injuries leading up to the 4th of July and the days following the holiday. Even seemingly innocent sparklers, can heat up to 1,200 degrees, causing severe burns. Read more on fireworks safety.
Keep this July 4th safe, by viewing the following safety facts on fireworks and sparklers:
- Fireworks Information Center
- Fireworks Safety Tips – SafeKids.org
- Video: Fireworks: Put Safety First
- Video: Sparkler Safety: Un-Sparktacular Celebration
- Download Firework Safety Tips Flyer
The National Fire Protection Agency recommends we leave the fireworks to the professionals because many accidents occur each year. Please be safe, and follow these tips:
Proceed With Caution!
- Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer fireworks.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
- After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.
More tips can be found on AMERIND’s website.
AMERIND Risk was founded 30 years ago by more than 400 Tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep money within Indian Country.
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