We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. In celebration, patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. As we get ready to celebrate our freedom as Americans with parades, elaborate fireworks displays, picnics, and barbeques, our friends at Printing Industries of America would like to remind you to be safe. Please make sure to take extra caution and follow some of these safety tips.

Sun Safety- Protect your skin against the sun with SPF and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Water Safety- Make sure everyone near the water in pools, ponds, lakes or the ocean has the proper skills to swim; keep an eye on young children and check floatation devices for leaks.

Grilling Safety- Inspect your grill and make sure it’s in proper working order. Don’t ignite charcoal with gasoline or lighter fluid; use heat resistant tools and never lean over an open flame.

Fireworks Safety- Stay a safe distance away from any fireworks display. Be mindful of children with sparklers, as the wire remains hot enough to burn skin even after the sparks have ended.

Family Safety- Pets are also part of the family. It is recommended keeping cats and dogs indoors and away from open or screened windows. Turning on the TV, radio or other familiar noises can provide comfort to pets during the fireworks show. CAL FIRE’s Office of the State Fire Marshal has an informative poster, which you can download here

Each one of us at Thoro is proud to be a part of the most wonderful country in the world. We don’t take our freedom and independence for granted, someone had to work hard and make many sacrifices for it. Happy birthday America!