Blog Education Pro Tip: How to Protect Your Home from Fourth of July Safety Hazards

Pro Tip: How to Protect Your Home from Fourth of July Safety Hazards

By Aryne + Dulcinea, July 2, 2019

Let the countdown begin! There are only two days left before Independence Day. This summertime celebration is synonymous with cookouts, fireworks and water activities, but it also holds the sinister title as the deadliest holiday in America. Now that we have your attention, let’s review some of the top Fourth of July safety hazards so that you and your family can have a safe holiday that is memorable for all the right reasons.


Fireworks are a staple of any July 4th celebration, but more fires are reported on this day than any other. Here are some key ways to ensure you enjoy recreational fireworks safely:

  • Only light fireworks in an open space, away from your home or any flammable foliage.
  • Be sure you have immediate access to water, either by bringing a bucket or having a hose on hand.
  • Don’t attempt to relight defective fireworks.
  • Ensure all children are closely supervised when handling matches, sparklers, or flammable materials.
  • Before disposing of fireworks, dump them into a bucket of water to ensure they are fully extinguished.
  • Double-check your smoke detectors before lighting fireworks.
  • Check the fire hazard danger level in your area to make sure it’s safe to light fireworks.


This holiday is also one of the most popular days for grilling. If you have a cookout planned, be aware of the following safety precautions:

  • Grills should be kept 10 feet from your home, off of decks and patios and away from flammable brush.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, should a grease fire occur.
  • Designate a grill master who will ensure the grill is monitored at all times.
  • Be sure you have lighter fluid on hand, and don’t use gasoline to ignite your grill.
  • Once you’re done, let coals cool for 48 hours, then wrap them in aluminum foil before disposing.


Humans aren’t the only ones at-risk during this holiday. Fireworks are particularly triggering to dogs and cats, who may try and escape once the celebration begins. For pet owners, protect your furry friends from Fourth of July safety hazards by taking these precautions:

  • Double-check the security of your fence. Fix or cover any gaps in your fence to prevent your pet from getting loose.
  • Know that a fence may not enough to keep your animals from escaping during fireworks. When feeling threatened, dogs will often dig underneath fences to seek refuge.
  • Don’t leave fireworks around your yard. They may be a future fire hazard, or potential health hazard for your pet.

While there are many Fourth of July safety hazards to be aware of, with proper attention and forethought can ensure you enjoy the holiday to its fullest.

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Aryne + Dulcinea are full-service, high-producing agents, who understand how to navigate the unique challenges facing the Portland real estate market. The secret to their success is in their professionalism and complementary skill sets. In 2012, Aryne + Dulcinea saw an opportunity to combine their creative and technical wisdom to create a values-driven, full-service agency unlike any other. Expert negotiators and project management mavens with a strong background in creative marketing, Aryne + Dulcinea serve as fierce advocates for their clients. Their passion for real estate relates closely to their commitment to the Portland way of life, which entails a dedication to sustainability and appreciation for all things local. As Earth Advantage Brokers and ADU Certified Specialists, Aryne + Dulcinea are savvy in all aspects of alternative living practices—from versatile housing additions, green building practices, and revenue-generating strategies. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching you real estate goals.

Aryne greets working with clients throughout Portland with open arms. Licensed since 2005, she appreciates the ever shifting desires her clients have as they move through their real estate goals. Investigative genius on her side, Aryne will strive to bring you the results you desire.  When not working for you, Aryne is a constant cheerleader for her son and daughter’s pursuits on the basketball court and on the ballet stage! She practices yoga, hikes, loves to walk and explore Portland neighborhoods, reads, and delights in soaking up everything Portland has to offer! 

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